Sunday, December 29, 2013

Schedules Plus, Fox Sunday


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.

At the beginning of the A18-49+ era, The Simpsons was on a ratings island on Sunday, significantly outrating a bunch of weak/waning comedies. But Fox solidified its Sunday lineup with the 2005 resurrection of Family Guy and successfully accompanied it with fellow Seth MacFarlane show American Dad! Those three have remained in place for nearly a decade, though Dad!'s run on Fox ended after the 2013-14 season.

Fox Sunday


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 Avg
2001-02 The Simpsons Malcolm in the Middle The X-Files 124
143 141107
142
2002-03 The Simpsons King of the Hill Malcolm in the Middle Andy Richter Controls the Universe 113
148 124 107 72
136 90
2003-04 The Simpsons The Bernie Mac Show Malcolm in the Middle Arrested Development 94
125 93 89 67
109 78
2004-05 The Simpsons Arrested Development My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss 69
110 7147
91
2005-06 The Simpsons The War at Home Family Guy American Dad! 101
115 91 105 92
103 99
2006-07 The Simpsons American Dad! Family Guy The War at Home 104
113 104 115 84
108 99
2007-08 The Simpsons King of the Hill Family Guy American Dad! 114
120 96 144 96
108 120
2008-09 The Simpsons King of the Hill Family Guy American Dad! 109
112 96 132 97
104 114
2009-10 The Simpsons The Cleveland Show Family Guy American Dad! 118
119 112 137 105
116 121
2010-11 The Simpsons The Cleveland Show Family Guy American Dad! 123
126 118 140 106
122 123
2011-12 The Simpsons Allen Gregory Family Guy American Dad! 107
121 83 128 97
102 112
2012-13 The Simpsons Bob's Burgers Family Guy American Dad! 110
118 92 128 101
105 115
2013-14 The Simpsons Bob's Burgers Family Guy American Dad! 113
118 105 124 107
112 115
2014-15 The Simpsons Brooklyn Nine-Nine Family Guy Mulaney 103
128 101 127 56
114 91

Avg 112 102 107





2014-15 Update: Fox's Sunday comedies got off to a roaring start, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine fitting right in and Family Guy debuting with an enormous crossover with The Simpsons. But the animated anchors were generally down in Plus when they didn't have NFL help, and Mulaney was an abject disaster at 9:30. Fox got some relief there in the spring as The Last Man on Earth (97) improved things at 9:30. Last Man will hope for some help from the NFL halo when it gets a whirl on the fall schedule.

Notable mideason replacements:
  • Family Guy (97) and American Dad! (88) came onto the sked at the end of the 2004-05 season and aired much of their initial orders in the summer of 2005.
  • Bob's Burgers began its run in winter of the 2010-11 season (92), then was held all the way to spring in 2011-12 (79). Between Allen Gregory and Bob's, Fox tried another newbie Napoleon Dynamite (110) in 2011-12. (Its numbers are inflated because a third of its six-ep order aired after an NFL playoff game.)
  • The 7:00 hours are pretty boring on the other networks, so I've omitted them (maybe I'll put 'em in the next edition!), but a lot of different original scripted series have aired in the hour on Fox. The two most common occupants were King of the Hill and The Cleveland Show, each of which tended to average a 60-65ish in their 7:00 hour runs. Malcolm in the Middle also aired its 2004-05 season there, averaging a 65.
See here for more explanations/disclaimers about Schedules Plus.

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