Number of episodes: 2
Ratings for debut: 2.1/7 (5.6 million viewers)
Stars: Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Brenda Song, Tonita Castro, Vanessa Lachey, Peter Riegert, Martin Mull
Premise: Eli (Seth Green) and Warner (Giovanni Ribisi) are just a couple of fun-loving video game developers trying to live normal lives, Eli as a bachelor and Warner as a happily married man. But things are about to get wacky (emphasis on the "wack") now that they're annoying, sad sack fathers have moved in with them—Eli's pops, David (Peter Reigert), is generally insufferable, while Warner's, Craword (Martin Mull), is a well-meaning racial bigot. Cue the awkward and box father/son bonding time, with as many Asian stereotypes (mostly at the expense of the guys' cute assistant, played by Brenda Song) as can fit within an episode's 30-minute duration.
Prognosis: Even though it's technically not Seth MacFarlane's show (it's overseen by MacFarlane's Family Guy cohorts Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin), Dads wouldn't exist without MacFarlane's tangential involvement. Meaning, it's in the same league as American Dad and The Cleveland Show, albeit live-action here. And if anyone has carte blanche at the Fox network, it's the guy responsible for the Nielsen juggernaut Family Guy.
Thus, you'd think Dads would at least make it to the end of one complete season. But, according to Deadline, those first-week ratings numbers (a 2.1/7 in adults ages 18-49) put it on par with ABC's Work It, the sitcom in which two dudes dressed as women to land stable jobs. No, Work It is no longer on the air—in fact, it only lasted six episodes. Also of note: Dads dropped 13% in week two, to 1.3/4, implying that viewers are starting to agree with all of the show's viciously negative reviews and charges of rampant, unintelligent, and crass insensitivity.
If the ratings keep dipping, don't expect Dads to infect Tuesday night programming for an entire season. Not even a heavyhitter like Seth MacFarlane can convince network execs to keep airing a show that everyone hates and hardly anyone watches. —Matt Barone