Fret for Futurama...
Futurama has been renewed for the fall. While that's good news, I worry for its, er, future. Entertainment Weekly just listed the yearly ratings for each show, and the results aren't good. Futurama was tied for #100 with 7th Heaven. While that doesn't make it Fox's least-watched show, the three that were below it (The Lone Gunmen at #111, The $treet at #112, and Freakylinks at #113) have all been cancelled, along with #84 Normal, Ohio. Furthermore, Futurama's numbers are down 20% from last year.
Why does the show endure in the eyes of the number-fetishist execs? Probably as a favor for Matt Groening, whose Simpsons weighed in at #21, a 6% gain from last year and the highest-rated Fox show behind--shudder--Temptation Island. Not to mention the show is a MAJOR cash cow for Fox.
Even so... let the worrying begin.
(Ratings for other prime-time toons: King of the Hill #68, PJs #140, Oblongs #140, Gary & Mike #146, UPN's Celebrity Deathmatch #148.)
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