Monday, December 30, 2013

Schedules Plus, Fox Monday


Schedules Plus is another innovative application of the historical ratings statistic A18-49+. I hope this will be the ultimate resource for comparing the evolution of shows, networks and timeslots over time, complete with ratings numbers that make a fair adjustment for the collective decline. Right now this only includes programs aired in the fall. Much more about the process that went into this at the bottom.

Like much of the Fox schedule, Monday has historically gotten a lot better in the second half of the season. While 24 was a very solid option in the 9/8c option for many years, the shows Fox used to try to get through the fall were almost always much weaker. Fox was never really a major Monday player in the fall until House permanently moved to Monday in 2009.

Fox Monday Fall


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 Avg
2001-02 Boston Public Ally McBeal 109
111 106
2002-03 Boston Public Girls Club 69
86 52
2003-04 Joe Millionaire Skin 63
71 55
2004-05 Trading Spouses The Swan 81
83 80
2005-06 Arrested Development Kitchen Confidential Prison Break 75
50 44103
47
2006-07 Prison Break Vanished 84
100 67
2007-08 Prison Break K-Ville 76
96 56
2008-09 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Prison Break 72
69 75
2009-10 House Lie to Me 136
172 99
2010-11 House Lie to Me 108
141 75
2011-12 Terra Nova House 106
106 107
2012-13 Bones The Mob Doctor 74
101 46
2013-14 Bones Sleepy Hollow 117
95 138
2014-15 Gotham Sleepy Hollow 111
129 92

Avg 101 82 91



Fox Monday Winter


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 Avg
2001-02 Boston Public Ally McBeal 109
111 106
2002-03 Boston Public Joe Millionaire 181
86 276
2003-04 (various) My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance 129
59 198
2004-05 Trading Spouses 24 102
83 122
2005-06 Skating with Celebrities 24 108
78 137
2006-07 Prison Break 24 112
100 124
2007-08 Prison Break Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 99
96 102
2008-09 House 24 144
168 119
2009-10 House 24 136
172 101
2010-11 House The Chicago Code 108
141 76
2011-12 House Alcatraz 100
107 92
2012-13 Bones The Following 113
101 125
2013-14 Almost Human The Following 89
95 83
2014-15 Gotham The Following 98
129 67

Avg 109 123 116





2014-15 Update: Sleepy Hollow was one of the surprise hits of 2013-14, but it suffered a massive sophomore slump. (And the winter/spring 9/8c occupant The Following also took another big hit in season three.) However, the network stayed within striking distance of last year's Plus thanks to another new drama hit in Gotham. Once again, the higher-rated show stays and the lower-rated show departs for a newbie in fall 2015.

Notable replacements:

In 2010-11, Lone Star (46) was pulled after two amazingly low-rated episodes. Lie to Me actually premiered on October 4, about as early as you will ever see a replacement show take over.

In 2013-14, Bones returned to Monday after Almost Human's run and really struggled. (The 95 listed above averages all Monday episodes, but it was a 111 for the fall episodes and 81 for the spring ones.)

See here for more explanations/disclaimers about Schedules Plus.

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