Before MacFarlane can peruse his local YMCA summer classes brochure, he has to find out if the fate of his animated comedy (and Family Guy spin-off). The Onion AV Club claims that’s the case. EW.com says otherwise: Fox hasn’t pulled the plug, but it doesn’t look like a fifth season will happen.
..The signs have been piling up that the show is not coming back. For starters, the ratings are really low (3.3 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 — and that includes seven days of DVR playback).
Moreover, Fox’s animated block requires a long lead-time to produce new episodes. The rest of the network’s Sunday animated block were all renewed months ago — including relative newcomer “Bob’s Burgers,” which received a fourth-season order back in October and has helped give the network a reliable fourth show for the two-hour block that includes “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” and “American Dad.”
But this cloud has a profitable lining. Erik Adams of The AV Club points out that the show’s 88-episode run puts it in “syndication territory.” That’s swell, but it also means the show has probably outlived its usefulness as far as Fox is concerned.
So, Seth, it’s probably a good time to sign up for that aqua-aerobics class before it fills up. After all, your dad gave you all those bathing suits.