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“Family Guy” Cleared for Syndication

Family Guy has been cleared in 90% of the nation for its off-network broadcast syndication premiere this fall.

The figure represents more than 150 markets, and includes 24 of the top 25.

“With the upcoming syndication debut, the ‘Family Guy’ phenomenon has taken another leap forward,” Twentieth Television president and COO Bob Cook said. “We are thrilled that the major station groups have acquired the brilliant sitcom from the genius of Seth MacFarlane that continuously demonstrates extraordinary cleverness, relevancy and wit.”

Having recently been revived by FOX and in its fifth television year, Family Guy is still a very strong performer, especially among adults 18-49 and other key younger demographics. The series can also be seen in reruns on networks Adult Swim and TBS, where it also rates very well.

As a matter a fact, a recent episode from last week on Adult Swim placed in the top 30 across the entire cable universe (#28), averaging 3.15M viewers.  Among households it ranked even better (#18), with a 2.3 household rating (2.52M households). To note, the top-rated program on cable for last week was The Sopranos with 6.86M viewers.