While the ratings for '30 Rock' aren't exactly at the level of, say, "American Idol," drawing just 5 million viewers a week on average, NBC has already renewed the Tina Fey series for a sixth season.
But that didn't stop the writers of the critically-acclaimed show from playing around with the idea of its untimely demise.
On Thursday's episode — the program's 100th — Liz Lemon tries to convince corporate honchos not to cancel "TGS" as it, too, sets about to celebrate its 100th episode. Her argument? "[It's] a show that is number one in its timeslot among men 18-49 months left in prison."
The return of Tracy Jordan to the fold grants "TGS" a stay of execution — and given the "30 Rock" renewal, we have to assume the show-within-the-show will live on well past its 100th episode as well.