Twentieth Television announced today that its animated sitcom “Futurama” has been sold in 90% of the U.S. market for its broadcast premiere as a syndicated weekend show, set for September 2011.
Among the major station groups that are on board are Fox Television Stations, Tribune, Sinclair, Hearst and the CBS Television Stations, the company said.
“Between the program’s recent renewal on Comedy Central, its rapidly growing 11 million Facebook followers and its upcoming premiere in broadcast syndication, the Matt Groening-created series is truly on a hot streak,” said Paul Franklin, executive VP and general salse manager for Twentieth Television. “Twentieth Television is thrilled to launch the program on weekends this fall, as it will undoubtedly introduce, and in some cases re-introduce, the comedy to viewers and fans.”
The company added in a statement: “Seven years after its last original episode aired on Fox, the sixth-season premiere of "Futurama" last June led Comedy Central to its best Thursday prime ever among young men. The animated sci-fi comedy continued its out-of-this-world winning streak throughout the summer, averaging 2.5 million viewers each week, along with a 1.5 P18-49 rating, a 3.0 M18-34 rating and 3.3 M18-24 rating.”
Twentieth noted that “Futurama” has also done well in social media, with its Facebook fan base growing from 1 million “likes” before its return last summer to more than 11 million “likes” currently, ranking it as one of Facebook’s top television sites.