Hello, I'm Researching gross earnings on the Short lived CLERKS the animated series along with The initial run of Earnings for the Family Guy. Does Anyone know where I can get this information? There has got to be a place for these numbers and statistics. Brain statistics is a great place but not enough. Any suggestions? [email protected][cool]
Generally, studios (and networks) are very reluctant to give financial information on individual series.
What information they disclose for grosses appears in quarterly (and annual) reports and relates to overall revenues. For example, Disney might list combined gross earnings for all its TV series within a quarter or year.
In the case of Family Guy, the FOX network might also list combined grosses for the series that it airs during a certain period. And the studio, Film Roman Productions, may list its own combined earnings for all series it produces at the same time.
The length of the series should give a hint about its earnings; obviously, more episodes mean more money. But beyond that, the public's not going to learn much.
If you can get hold of one, you might find a network's rate sheet for a given timeslot, when a specific cartoon airs. Bear in mind, however, that advertising sales staff often discount their own company's posted rates just to get some business. (Yes, I've worked near ad people and know all about it.)