Earlier today, ITV and Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution announced a deal which gave ITV2 the exclusive first run rights to Family Guy and Seth MacFarlane’s newest animated entry Bordertown.
The wide-ranging deal with 21st Century Fox’s international distribution division also gave ITV rights to two other Seth MacFarlane series: American Dad and The Cleveland Show.
At the time of this morning’s announcement it was not immediately clear if ITV had repeat rights or if they had poached first run rights to American Dad from UK broadcaster FOX UK, just as they had poached Family Guy from the BBC (though the Beeb has repeat rights through to 2017).
TVWise has since confirmed that ITV2 has secured the free-to-air rights to American Dad, while FOX UK has retained the exclusive first run rights as part of a longstanding agreement with sister company Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.
Additionally FOX UK has revealed that they continue to hold repeat rights to Family Guy. Both shows are a key part of FOX UK’s Thursday night line-up every Winter/Spring. The tenth season of American Dad and the eleventh season of Family Guy is currently airing on FOX UK.
The eleventh season of American Dad will premiere exclusively on FOX UK in 2016.