(CNN) -- Homer Simpson has a green light for a record 26th season of nuclear near-misses, fatherhood foibles and tavern tantrums.
Fox Broadcasting Co. announced Friday that "The Simpsons," already the longest-running scripted show in television history, has been renewed.
The animated show's 25th season debuted Sunday. Fox said ratings were up 12% from last year's average.
CNN's David Simpson and Denise Quan contributed to this report.