Thursday, December 26, 2013

Schedules Plus, Fox Thursday


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.

The executive decision is made; there will be separate Fox tables for fall and for winter on the Monday-Friday posts, since their lineups drastically change at midseason much more often than other networks. The winter tables chronicle January/February lineups and may still omit a bunch of spring replacements. We'll start with Thursday, a night on which Fox was completely off the radar during the days of those epic clashes between Survivor/CSI and Friends/ER. It took a move of old reliable Bones to achieve some Thursday respectability, and it took an even more drastic move of American Idol to become a true threat for #1.

Fox Thursday Fall


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 Avg
2001-02 Family Guy The Tick Temptation Island 62
51 5471
53
2002-03 30 Seconds to Fame (various) 47
45 50
2003-04 Tru Calling (repeats) 44
46 42
2004-05 The OC North Shore 62
81 43
2005-06 The OC Reunion 58
66 50
2006-07 Til Death Happy Hour The OC 50
56 5147
54
2007-08 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Don't Forget the Lyrics 82
78 86
2008-09 Hole in the Wall Kitchen Nightmares 67
61 74
2009-10 Bones Fringe 92
102 82
2010-11 Bones Fringe 87
100 74
2011-12 The X Factor Thu Bones 134
155 114
2012-13 The X Factor Thu Glee 122
132 111
2013-14 The X Factor Thu Glee 87
89 85
2014-15 Bones Gracepoint 62
74 50

Avg 81 70 75





Fox Thursday Winter


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 Avg
2001-02 Family Guy The Tick Temptation Island 62
51 5471
53
2002-03 (movies) 44
44 44
2003-04 Tru Calling (repeats) 44
46 42
2004-05 The OC Point Pleasant 62
81 44
2005-06 That '70s Show The OC 69
71 66
2006-07 Til Death The War at Home The OC 50
56 5147
54
2007-08 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Don't Forget the Lyrics 82
78 86
2008-09 Bones Hell's Kitchen 103
88 118
2009-10 Bones Fringe 92
102 82
2010-11 American Idol Thu Bones 200
271 129
2011-12 American Idol Thu The Finder 147
200 94
2012-13 American Idol Thu Glee 137
175 99
2013-14 American Idol Thu Rake 98
136 59
2014-15 American Idol Thu Backstrom 99
138 60

Avg 110 74 92





2014-15 Update: As on Wednesday, Fox found itself nowhere close to the ratings of cancelled The X Factor in the fall. Unlike on Wednesday, it couldn't turn things around at midseason, as new drama Backstrom (60) went one-and-done. Things probably won't get too much better this fall as the network phones it in with two declining veterans. It feels like the end is finally getting near for Bones, but it gets one more shot in the Thursday lead-off role. At 9/8c is fall 2013 smash Sleepy Hollow, which dropped massively in season two (92).

See here for more explanations/disclaimers about Schedules Plus.

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