I was looking around the IMDb and dug up some old articles on Futurama. Read them for a mix of nostalgia, anger, and irony:
(17 Feb. 1999)
Fox TV plans to offer two hours of animated programming on Tuesday nights beginning April 6. That's when Matt Groening's new Futurama moves into the 8:30 time slot after a two-week kickoff on Sundays. Eddie Murphy's The PJs will move into the 9 p.m. period. King of the Hill will remain in the 8 p.m. anchor slot while re-runs of King of the Hill and The Simpsons will alternate in the 9:30 slot. Meanwhile, yet another new animated comedy, Family Guy, is set to move into the 8:30 time slot on Sundays beginning April 11.
(30 March 1999)
Fox TV apparently has another Matt Groening hit on its schedule. The debut of Futurama, which followed The Simpsons Sunday night posted an 11.2 rating and a 17 share, up 19 percent from a Simpsons episode that preceded it. Futurama also won its time slot. The animated sitcom, which will air next Sunday again in the 8:30 time period, will move to Tuesdays at 8:30 starting April 6.
(31 March 1999)
Fox has seen the future and it is Futurama. That appeared to be the general conclusion of analysts as the new animated series scored an impressive 11.2 rating on Sunday night, placing it 11th in the Nielsen rankings....
The performance of Futurama on Sunday night reportedly surprised Fox execs, who had shown lukewarm reaction to the show prior to its airing, the New York Times reported today (Wednesday). According to the newspaper, the show's creator, Matt Groening who also created The Simpsons, had fought vocally to place Futurama on Sunday, where, in its debut, it was the highest-rated show of the week among male viewers 18-49 and the most popular show among all teenagers. The Times cited an unnamed Fox exec as saying that Fox execs "grudgingly" granted the show a two-week window on Sundays following The Simpsons; the network will then move the show to Tuesdays.
(7 April 1999)
For the second straight week, the animated Matt Groening comedy Futurama was the highest-rated show among teens. However, the show, which reportedly had failed to impress Fox execs when they screened the pilot (according to some accounts, they only reluctantly agreed to slot it in the Sunday spot for two weeks), faces an uncertain future. As Washington Post TV writer Lisa de Moraes observed today (Wednesday), "Fox rewarded Futurama creator Matt Groening for the high teen ratings by moving the show from its best sitcom time slot to its worst -- Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., where it debuted last night."
(8 April 1999)
Ratings for the new Matt Groening animated sitcom Futurama plunged more than 50 percent in its Tuesday-night debut compared with its average ratings during the previous two Sundays, according to Nielsen overnights. Meanwhile, Groening has fired a volley of criticism at Fox programming execs in an interview appearing in today's (Thursday) New York Daily News. The creator of The Simpsons and Futurama says that TV network execs continually interfere with program producers by sending them notes making critical suggestions and demanding revisions. "When they tried to give me notes on Futurama, I just said: 'No, we're going to do this just the way we did The Simpsons.' And they said, 'Well, we don't do business that way anymore.' And I said, 'Oh, well, that's the only way I do business.' And I think it shows. I think when you let creators have a vision without compromise -- not to say that it works every time, but my two times at bat, it seems to have worked. If anything, I think I should be giving the network notes."
(11 May 1999)
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening is still feuding with Fox about its decision to insert his latest series, Futurama in its Tuesday-night cartoon block, USA Today reported today (Tuesday). Groening, it said, is still campaigning to have the show moved to Sundays, where it debuted. "Fox had another Simpsons-style hit in the making on Sundays," Groening told the newspaper. "The numbers were phenomenal."