'American Dad' Moves to TBS in 2014

American Dad

Fox renewed Seth MacFarlane's often-raunchy animated Sunday staple for a seventh season in February. With a cult following of young viewers, the show has been a powerhouse for the network and studio. The studio has racked up multiple syndication deals for American Dad. Reruns began airing last year on TBS and Turner’s Adult Swim as well as FX and in the UK on BBC Three.

American Dad is on the move.

The animated series from Seth MacFarlane will finish its 10th season on Fox and move to TBS in late 2014 for its 11th season, the Turner-owned network announced Tuesday.

"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 and head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. "We look forward to welcoming Seth MacFarlane and the rest of his team as they bring this iconic show to TBS."

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The series, from 20th Century Fox Television and producers MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, will join TBS' primetime lineup late next year, with its sibling network Adult Swim airing encores of each episode after their initial airing on TBS. The pickup marks an extension of the series on Turner, which currently airs syndicated repeats of American Dad on TBS (weekdays) and Adult Swim (weeknights and Saturdays).

The pickup marks TBS' latest off-network buy. In a bid to expand its comedy brand, TBS picked up ABC Studios-produced Cougar Town when ABC opted not to renew the Courteney Cox vehicle. The series has since been picked up for an additional season. 

Since acquiring CBS' The Big Bang Theory in a pricey syndication deal, TBS has used the Chuck Lorre comedy as a building block for its comedy brand. Big Bang regularly ranks as the No. 1 syndicated series. 

American Dad's most recent season of the Fox run averaged a 2.6 rating with adults 18-49, benefiting significantly from its robust Family Guy lead-in. The only returning series to Animation Domination that rates lower is Bob's Burgers, which tends to bounce around the schedule.

"American Dad is a brilliantly inventive series, and TBS' desire to platform new episodes demonstrates the enduring power of great and compelling content," said 20th TV chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden. "Seth, Mike and Matt have created an incredibly rich world of unique characters, and we couldn’t be happier that they will be able to continue to tell their trademark brand of subversive, hilarious stories to their millions of fans."