Fox tried to hail “Sit Down, Shut Up” — the new animated series that debuted on Sunday night — as the heir to “Arrested Development,” and it was totally right in one regard: the ratings sucked.
Debuting at 8:30 p.m., Sit Down (5.2 million viewers, 2.3 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) fell 23% from its Simpsons (6.5 million, 3.0) lead-in, then audiences jumped up 65% for Family Guy (7.4 million, 3.8). American Dad (5.8 million, 3.0) filled out the block. The Sit Down opener also was down 15% from the time period’s average performance (typically King of the Hill).
If you missed it, you’re welcome to watch the pilot on Hulu, but… well, let’s put it this way: I wanted to like it. I tried to like it. I did not like it. There are some brief moments of wit and humor, but mostly it was easy, obvious gags and WAY too much of Kenan Thompson’s voice. Kenan Thompson killed this faster than a Saturday Night Live skit. And that’s no easy task.