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Bob’s Burgers: FOX’s New Animated TV Series; Cancel or Keep It?

Bob's BurgersThe FOX network recently introduced another TV show to their Sunday night “Animation Domination” line-up, Bob’s Burgers. How will this stack up against the other animated sitcoms? Will it be quickly renewed or end up being cancelled?

Bob’s Burgers revolves around Bob Belcher (H. Jon Benjamin), a third generation restaurateur who operates Bob’s Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. He has big ideas about the food he serves but knows little about customer service and business management. The restaurant is constantly struggling and there are times when it doesn’t seem like his family is on his team. His wife, Linda (John Roberts), supports his dream through thick and thin but is tiring of it. Eldest daughter Tina (Dan Mintz) is a 13-year-old hopeless romantic with minimal social skills. Son Gene (Eugene Mirman) is an aspiring musician and prankster and youngest child Louise (Kristen Schaal) has an off-balance sense of humor but loves her dad’s business.

The new show debuted on January 9th and, thanks in part to the afternoon’s NFL Wildcard Playoff game, had a great premiere. The first episode of Bob’s Burgers scored a 4.5 in the 18-49 demographic and 9.38 million total viewers. Those numbers were good enough to make it the best performing network premiere of the season to date.

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Unfortunately that success was short-lived. Only about half as many of those viewers came back to watch in week two. The second episode dropped to a 2.5 rating in the demo and 5.07 million viewers. The most recent episode attracted a 2.2 rating, a further decline of 12% in the demo, and 4.81 million total viewers.

Thanks to the fantastic premiere numbers, Bob’s Burgers still averages a 3.1 rating and 6.42 million viewers. If the ratings keep declining or even if they just stay the same, that average will sink lower. Sandwiched between The Simpsons and Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers doesn’t come close to matching their ratings. That seems to indicate that some FOX viewers are making a conscious effort to skip the newbie series. FOX execs are likely wondering if other shows might make better use of the timeslot. They already have a couple new animated series in the works.

Back in October, FOX ordered six additional scripts for the series. Because it can take months to produce new episodes, the order would allow the series to remain in continuous production. The network has yet to order additional episodes be actually produced however. The network is likely waiting to see if the ratings even off or get better before committing to its future.

What do you think? Do you like Bob’s Burgers? Does the humor go too far? Cancel or keep it?

 

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Anonymous April 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm

This is the funniest animated show on TV. I love the wit and sarcasm.

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Anonymous April 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm

this show absolutely sucks! Its not funny. Ita a waste of the 30 minute time slot. Fox should put another simpsons on or get something better than this junk! Cancel Bobs Burgers ASAP

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Anonymous April 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm

absolutley the funniest new show on tv…a hundred times better than cleveland..and i love seth, bu that show is boring..family guy is great…bobs burgers though is different which is needed…the kids absolutley carry the show, though bob is great too..the humor is all in the characters manerisms, and thats what i dont think detractors get…they’re waiting for punchlines.

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Sari boo boo April 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm

DONT CANCEL BOB’S BURGERS! THIS SHOW IS AMAZING!!!

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Lindsey April 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

My husband and I were so excited to hear some of the same voices from “Home Movies” (another great animated series cut short). We absolutely love Bob’s Burgers. I look forward to it every week and it always sends me to bed in stitches. I really hope they don’t cancel it!!

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DebbieK April 4, 2011 at 7:50 am

I LOVE this show. We didn’t even know it was on, used to be fans of Seth McFarland shows (never really Cleveland) but now they are awful, found Bob’s by accident. Last night after watching it, we watched two more episodes on Hulu, I was still rolling in bed just thinking about the shows. The Tina’s birthday show was too much. It’s a great show, I wish FOX had done some better promoting, don’t they have a PR dept, I found they aren’t good for that. But this show is just too good. It’s surrounded by “we paid way too much for Seth and now we are stuck crap”!!

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carrieoki April 4, 2011 at 12:43 am

I love Bob’s Burgers. The show is a hoot! I love the delicious silliness and the slight perversions.

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George April 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

People are not watching this show for a reason.The people know what they like and it’s not this show.I know why so few are are watching.I give every show a chance especially if it’s in a good time slot,when I’m watching a network. After giving this show three trys and not liking any of them I say give something else I try.It truly is a waste of 30 minutes.

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christine April 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Please don’t cancel Bob’s Burger’s it is seriously amazing!!!!

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m April 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm

love this show!

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Anonymous April 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I love bobs burgers!!!!

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Mae April 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I live bobs burgers! I watch all the episodes online and they are seriously funny. Bob is great. Don’t u dare cancelled it!!

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gypsybrandou March 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Keep Bob’s Burgers Alive!!! I love this show and I watch the episodes again and again and again and again and again and again. Bob is awesome Linda is ALLRIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!! Gene, Tina and especially Louise are the three best children characters of the day. Give it a chance. it really is well written and original.

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kenny March 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm

please do not cancel bobs burgers it funny as hell

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Anonymous March 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm

This is my new favorite TV show if this show stops I will cry and devote my life to becoming louise!

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Anonymous April 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Couldn’t agree more Anon. Keep Bob’s going Fox! You’ve pulled animated series before and came back crying. Family guy is making more unjustified money for you now than ever before. STICK IT OUT!

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