American Dad is staying put on TBS for the foreseeable future. The Turner owned cable network has ordered a further two seasons of the Seth MacFarlane created animated comedy series, which relocated from Fox to TBS in 2014. The multi-year renewal – which is for some 44 episodes split over two seasons – ensures that American Dad will remain on air through to 2018.
American Dad follows Stan Smith, a CIA agent in Virginia, whose main objective in life is national security. His family members, as well as a talking goldfish and a space alien who likes to play dress-up, keep Stan busy while he tries to prevent terrorist activity in the United States. The 20th Century Fox Television produced series features the voices of Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Rachael MacFarlane, Scott Grimes and Dee Bradley Baker.
Since it premiered on TBS in October, American Dad has been a ratings hit for the network. The show ranks as basic cable’s #1 scripted series in the Monday 9 p.m. timeslot with adults 18-34 and #2 in the timeslot with adults 18-49. Overall, American Dad! reaches an average of nearly 4 million viewers per episode through its telecasts on TBS and Adult Swim, as well as through TBS’s on-demand, digital and mobile platforms.
“American Dad! has thrived since coming to TBS and Adult Swim, demonstrating the Turner portfolio’s ability to build enduring hits through a combination of smart programming, savvy promotion and extensive multiplatform distribution”, said Deborah Bradley, Executive Vice-President of Networks Optimization and Content Commercialization for Turner Broadcasting. “We look forward to keeping the crazy-but-lovable Smith family around for a long time.”
The two season renewal for American Dad comes several months before the show’s twelfth season is set to debut in early 2016. TBS said the pick-up was part of their previously announced strategy which will see Turner Broadcasting double the amount of original scripted series on both TNT and TBS.