Fox getting 'Smarter' for more episodes


Fox has picked up four additional episodes of the hit quiz show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" to air on Thursdays at 8 p.m.

The stellar debut of the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted show on Tuesday and Wednesday after "American Idol" helped Fox clinch the February sweep crown among adults 18-49 with a 5.2 rating/13 share. CBS won the sweep in total viewers with an average of 15.7 million viewers.

Beginning last night, "Grader" moved to 9 p.m. Thursdays, where it will continue to enjoy an "Idol" lead-in until next week before sliding to 8 p.m. on March 15. With the additional four one-hour installments, "Smarter" is slated to air in the Thursday 8 p.m. time period through April 19, where it will be followed by "Family Guy" and "American Dad."

In its debut Tuesday, "Smarter," in which adult contestants and grammar school students answer fifth-grade-level questions, ranked as the highest-rated series premiere on any network in more than five years among adults 18-49 (11.2/26) and in eight years among total viewers (26.6 million).

The show is produced by Mark Burnett Prods. in association with Zoo Prods. Mark Burnett, Roy Bank, Barry Poznick and John Stevens are executive producers.