Fox makes ‘Dad’s’ day

Network picks up fourth season of 'American'

Fox is giving “American Dad” a belated Father’s Day present, picking up the show for a fourth season.

Net has ordered another 22 episodes of the 20th Century Fox TV-produced animated laffer, which has proven to be a solid companion to exec producer Seth MacFarlane’s other Fox hit, “Family Guy.” Because of the long lead time needed in producing animation, the new batch of segs won’t air until the 2008-09 season.

Greenlight is also significant since as it will bring the total number of “American Dad” segs to 84. That’s enough for 20th’s sister company, Twentieth Television, to begin packaging the off-net rights to the show.

Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman created and exec produce “Dad” with MacFarlane, while David Zuckerman, Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz are exec producers.

“Dad”– which revolves around a paranoid-yet-patriotic CIA agent and his crazy family — averaged a 3.6 rating/8 share among adults 18-49, retaining nearly 80% of its lead-in when it followed “Family Guy.”

Nielsen numbers for “Dad” are particularly strong with men and teens. Skein is the No. 5 show in TV among auds 12-17, and No. 9 with men 18-34.

“Dad” returns for its third season Sundays at 9:30 this fall.

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