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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 October 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Bob’s burgers is crap. Its not funny.


Anonymous October 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

bobs burgers is an awesome show it has to stay!


Sweet_Gal October 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Bob’s burgers HAS TO STAY it is my ALL-TIME favorite show!!!!!!!!!!!!!! omfg!!!!!!!!!! keep keep keep lol :)


corey and allysa October 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Keep bobs burgers on air people will learn to like it….. Its better than south park. Good show has humor to it we want to buy the dvd already…..yaaaaaa


anonymous June 28, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I LOVE THIS SHOW! I’m hooked on it. It’s so funny with its witty humor. Simpsons is starting to decline a little bit from what it used to be, which disappoints me at times. This fresh series is great. All the characters have their individual quirks that are loveable by the American audience. It is relatable to the common public, especially about mom n’ pop stores that struggle to make rent in a desolate economy such as this. I would love to get to know more about this family and their future hijinks.


BOBS SUCKS DIX June 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm

You honestly cant be serious about keeping this show around for another season…what a joke, an unfunny joke.


Anonymous June 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm

This is the best shows. I love all the characters mostly Louisa. She so crazy and funny. They have to keep the show they just have to.


bobby June 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Keep the show it;s great i look forward to it every sunday. The rest of these idoits who want it cancealed are on crack. fox you should do the right thing and keep Bob’s Burgers on the air.


Anonymous May 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Please, please I beg you, cancel this show!!!


Anonymous May 1, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Worst. Show. Ever. Futurama was better, but was cancelled by fox just because they didn’t change it into a family comedy. Not every series has to be a family comedy, Fox.

Just freaking cancel this crappy show.


Brooke April 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Me and my mom LOVE this show! Sunday is the best day of the week because of it!


Paul April 23, 2011 at 5:57 pm

We love this show, and look forward to seeing it every week. It is the best!!!!!! Please keep Bob’s Burgers on The Air!!!!!!


Anonymous April 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

what a great show!! please, please, please, keep it on the air!!


Anonymous April 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I LOVE Bob’s burgers, best comedy on the air now, best comedy to be produced in YEARS!!


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Anonymous April 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm

You should have your funny bone checked! Bob’s burgers is hysterical!


Anonymous April 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm

no its not its crap you need to get your brain checked


troniq May 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm

wtff? bob’s burgers is the funniest thing fox has come out with since glee! haha


Tom Ganks September 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Agreed Bobs Burgers was funny as hell not like the Cleveland the hell is that crap still on??

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