This is a repost of a "what if?" thread I posted on the Acme Acres forum (How well would Animaniacs have fared in primetime? : Animaniacs Discussion). --- Obviously, Animaniacs was geared toward adults as well as kids, even despite its presence on Saturday morning and weekday afternoon kids' blocks (fingerprints, anyone?). But what if Animaniacs were placed in a primetime block of animated shows, such as FOX's "Animation Domination", or Adult Swim? Would it find a bigger audience, or would it lose its charm? I did hear that the reason Animaniacs was cancelled on Kids' WB was because they were drawing in an audience that was older than their advertisers wanted. Not to mention, Pinky and the Brain actually ran a few times in primetime on The WB and usually went toe to toe with the competition. (I wasn't born until '96, though, so don't expect more specific data) So I think that circa 1997, when cancellation rumors first spread, putting Animaniacs in an adult-oriented block along with Pinky and the Brain would've probably helped it gain some more traction. Taking it one step further, I think that maybe if Animaniacs stayed with FOX and moved to primetime, they might still be around today. Combined, the shows on Animation Domination have been on for a grand total of 51 seasons! Those cartoons are untouchable! (Sit Down Shut Up and Allen Gregory aside, but those sucked.) Just think of how a cartoon like Animaniacs or Pinky & the Brain would've performed! Developing Animaniacs for primetime would mean having to alter the show a bit. As LittleLooney told me on the Acme Acres forum, it would've lost some of the appeal that it had as a kids' show. For one, no more educational musical numbers, unless, say, it was about obscure subject matter of interest mainly to the older crowd (say, a song about the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon). A primetime slot would also give the opportunity to push the envelope even further with adult humor, but that would make me, and I think a lot of Animaniacs viewers, uncomfortable. I certainly wouldn't want the show to become "Family Guy Lite". I think their joke-telling method from the old show would still work. Most anything that sounded suggestive was followed by Yakko's "Good night, everybody!", or a similar statement. It only hints at the double meaning, leaving audiences to say to themselves, "Ooohhhhhhhhhhhh...I see what you did there." It's a subtle, perfect way to sneak such questionable content through the screen, as opposed to Family Guy, which practically shoves its indecencies in your face. As for Pinky and the Brain, they already aired in primetime a few times before, as previously mentioned, and those episodes ("TV or Not TV", "Of Mouse and Man", and "Napoleon Brainaparte" among them) were absolute dynamite. Change nothing. What do you think? Would "A!" and "PatB" fit well in primetime, or should they have just stuck to Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons?