Season Premiere of TBS's "American Dad!" Tops Basic Cable Entertainment Programs for the Night
Series Launches with 2.5 Million Viewers
With Premiere on Its New TBS Home and Encore on Adult Swim
TBS's American Dad! kicked off its new season Monday night with 2.5 million viewers in Live + Same Day delivery for the premiere on TBS and encore presentation on Adult Swim, making it basic cable's most-watched entertainment program for the night. The show also topped last night's charts among basic cable entertainment programs in key demos, drawing more than 1.6 million adults 18-49 and 1.2 million adults 18-34.
TBS's 9 p.m. premiere telecast drew 1.1 million viewers in Live + Same Day, with 851,000 adults 18-49 and 630,000 adults 18-34. Adult Swim followed with an encore at 10 p.m., garnering 1.4 million viewers in Live + Same Day, with 798,000 adults 18-49 and 530,000 adults 18-34. Subsequent episodes of American Dad! will premiere on TBS each Monday night at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), with encores on Adult Swim the following Monday night at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).
American Dad! is the award-winning animated comedy created and executive-produced by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. The series follows staunch GOP supporter and CIA agent Stan Smith (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and the misadventures of his unconventional family in Langley Falls, Va. Stan's blissfully unaware wife, Francine (Wendy Schaal), has an unfaltering loyalty that allows her to turn a blind eye toward Stan's unabashed arrogance. Meanwhile, Stan constantly butts heads with his 18-year-old left-wing activist daughter, Hayley (Rachael MacFarlane), who knows just how to push her father's buttons, whether it's by helping the homeless, demanding women's rights, or advocating gun control. Hayley's 14-year-old brother is the geeky-yet-confident Steve (Scott Grimes), a kid who spends his time playing video games and obsessing about the opposite sex.
The Smith cabinet is rounded out by two rather unconventional members: Roger (MacFarlane), the sassy, sarcastic and routinely inappropriate space alien who is constantly trying on new disguises and, with them, new personalities, and Klaus (Dee Bradley Baker), the attention-starved goldfish with the brain of a German Olympic skier who always throws in his two cents, regardless of whether anyone is listening. Together, this screwball family of radically different personalities is just trying to figure out how to love and trust one another in a bi-partisan world. And with a guy like Stan in charge of national security, it's guaranteed to be one hilarious ride.
Since premiering on FOX in 2005, American Dad! has earned several industry accolades, including two Emmy(R) nominations for Outstanding Animated Program, two Annie Award nominations and seven Teen Choice Award nominations. In 2012, it took home the top television series prize at the ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards.
TBS is basic cable's reigning champion among young adults in primetime. Available in 101 million households, TBS features original scripted comedies like Cougar Town, Ground Floor and Sullivan & Son, as well as the upcoming Angie Tribeca (working title), Your Family or Mine, Buzzy's and American Dad!, which will become a TBS original series in late 2014. TBS also features original unscripted series like King of the Nerds, Deal With It, Funniest Wins and the upcoming The Smiths, starring Kenny Smith and family. In late night TBS, is home to the Emmy(R)-winning series CONAN, starring Conan O'Brien. The TBS lineup also includes popular contemporary comedies, such as The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy, along with blockbuster movies and championship sports.
TBS is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
About Adult Swim
Adult Swim, launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults. Airing nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), Adult Swim is basic cable's #1 network among persons 18-34 and 18-49, and is seen in 97 million U.S. homes.
Adult Swim is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.