Dueling ‘American Dad!’: Adult Swim Encore Beats TBS Premiere

Seth MacFarlane’s animated show moved over from Fox to Turner on Monday

Apparently, the premiere of “American Dad!” on Turner was so complex that viewers had to watch it twice.

The TBS debut of the Seth MacFarlane animated series, which previously aired on Fox, drew a total of 2.5 million viewers — though only 1.1 million of them tuned in for the initial 9 p.m. telecast.

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An encore of the episode at 10 p.m. on Turner’s Adult Swim brought in the remaining 1.4 million total viewers.

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In the 18-49 demographic most sought by advertisers, the initial airing of “American Dad!” — which follows CIA agent and staunch GOP supporter Stan Smith and his family — had 851,000 viewers with its initial airing and 798,000 with its Adult Swim encore.

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“American Dad!” ran 10 full seasons on Fox, with the first two episodes of the current 11th season also airing on Fox. The Fox finale of the series, airing Sept. 21, drew a 1.4 rating/4 share and had 3 million total viewers.