Seth MacFarlane’s animated series “American Dad!” is heading from Fox to TBS late next year, as the Turner cable net picks up the comedy for its eleventh season. Cabler has ordered 15 episodes for season 11 from 20th Century Fox TV.
“‘American Dad!’ is a great fit for TBS, a favorite of comedy fans who like smart, irreverent humor with ample doses of biting wit and skewering satire,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We look forward to welcoming Seth MacFarlane and the rest of his team as they bring this iconic show to TBS.”
“American Dad!” debuted on Fox in 2005, and as its stint on the net continued, the toon laffer saw a steady decline in viewership.
During its first two runs on Fox, “American Dad!” averaged over 7 million viewers. In its most recent run, however, “American Dad!” drew under 5 million viewers on average, and during the show’s most recent finale in May, 4 million tuned in.
Fox currently has enough episodes of “American Dad!” on hand to run the program through fall of 2014, before TBS launches the show for a new season. TBS sister net Adult Swim will also air encore broadcast of episodes after they bow on TBS. While the move to TBS does not constitute a cancellation of “American Dad!” by Fox, the broadcast net did not have plans to pick up additional episodes of the series after its last order in 2012.
TBS has already aired reruns of “American Dad!” and sibling Seth MacFarlane toon series “Family Guy.”
“American Dad!” is exec produced by MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman.
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