The biggest guessing game in Hollywood right now might be: Will the much-loved but little-watched "Arrested Development" (search) escape the axe?

Averaging only 6 million viewers or so a week, "Arrested Development," which stars Jason Bateman (search), Portia de Rossi (search), Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor and Ron Howard (search), would be packing its bags already if it weren't for the deep loyaly the show seems to inspire.

Several online petitions have thus far garnered over 40,000 "signatures," pleading with Fox to bring the sitcom back for a third season.

"Save Arrested Development!" screams one petition posted on petitiononline.com. "For the second consecutive year ... the most brilliant comedy on television today is in danger of getting cancelled."

That petition had amassed nearly 32,000 signatures by late Friday.

Another "Save Arrested Development" petition, posted on petitionspot.com, has been signed by over 9,000 fans.

One fan on petitionspot.com writes: "Fox is known for its risky shows! Television is in desperate need of a show like this! Don't get rid of it! Be patient!"

Fox officials say they won't decide the show's future until May, when it announces its fall schedule.