Despite widespread critical dislike for the sitcom, which focuses on two 30-something guys dealing with their irritating and impossible-to-ignore fathers, “Dads” has apparently brought in the numbers that FOX wanted to see.
“FOX has been looking to break into the multi-camera format for some time,” said Kevin Reilly, the chairman of entertainment at FOX. “With ‘Dads,’ we have an asset that we can grow, and we’re looking forward to seeing where the fantastic cast and the creative minds of Seth, Alec, Mike and Wellesley take us the rest of the season.”
As for those numbers, “Dads” is one of the top 10 new series among men in the 18-34 demo. It is also a top-10 comedy for both men and women in the same demographic. In live-plus-7-day viewing, the show has averaged a 2.2/7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic as well.
Note: The networks have released a combined 14 comedies this year, which means that “Dads” didn’t have to beat more than three of them. Keep in mind that two of those — “Welcome to the Family” and “We Are Men” — have already been canceled.
Airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m., the upcoming episode finds Eli (Seth Green) and David (Peter Riegert) forced to sleep in the office when bedbugs become a problem at home. Camila (Vanessa Lachey), meanwhile, gets the lead in a local theater production — this leads to Crawford (Martin Mull) being unusually helpful, something about which Warner (Giovanni Ribisi) is concerned