Many more disclaimers can be seen on the individual pages. Fox overhauls its schedule at midseason so consistently that I did separate fall/winter versions on the Fox posts, so that will give a sense of what the network had in January/February. But even this approach was insufficient this season, since the network made another sweeping wave of changes in the spring. I'll mention most of those.
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|2012-13||Bones||The Mob Doctor||74|
|2013-14||Bones||Sleepy Hollow||117 |
|95 (-6%)||138 (+201%)|
|2013-14||Almost Human||The Following||97 |
|100 (-1%)||93 (-26%)|
Based on how miserably Fox's season ended, it's easy to forget that some things actually went pretty well for them in the fall. By far the most significant win was Sleepy Hollow, which gets the added benefit here of being compared with one of the biggest flops in recent memory. But the Monday picture soured considerably as the season went on, starting with a major sophomore slump for The Following (the only new hit on the big four last regular season). 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.) With filler-level stuff replacing The X Factor on Wednesday and Thursday, Monday (starting with Gotham) will become the network's great hope this fall.
|2012-13||Raising Hope||Ben and Kate||New Girl||The Mindy Project||81|
|2013-14||Dads||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||New Girl||The Mindy Project||78 |
|74 (-2%)||86 (+34%)||89 (-19%)||68 (-8%)|
|77 (+11%)||78 (-14%)|
|2012-13||Hell's Kitchen||New Girl||The Mindy Project||94|
|2013-14||Glee||New Girl||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||67 |
|50 (-48%)||89 (-19%)||67 (-9%)|
This was really the only Fox night that stacks up poorly historically both in the fall and the winter, with New Girl's rapid flame-out being a major culprit. The 8/7c hour in the fall did not go nearly as badly as it could have as Brooklyn Nine-Nine pulled off major timeslot growth. But the winter arrangement was a total debacle, as a crumbling Glee was asked to lead off a night for some reason and Brooklyn Nine-Nine saw no benefit from a New Girl pairing. Since this was American Idol's performance night for most of the era, that means the winter sked was sixty-five percent below average.
|2012-13||The X Factor||139|
|2013-14||The X Factor||94 |
|94 (-32%)||94 (-32%)|
|2013-14||American Idol||142 |
|142 (-23%)||142 (-23%)|
The X Factor went from hit to below-average (and cancelled) in season three, and American Idol continued its rapid descent as well. Amusingly, X was still pretty close to the fall historical average even after all this collapse, which only illustrates how much trouble Fox used to have in the fall.
|2012-13||The X Factor||Glee||122|
|2013-14||The X Factor||Glee||87 |
|89 (-33%)||85 (-23%)|
|2013-14||American Idol||Rake||98 |
|137 (-22%)||59 (-40%)|
The third cog in Fox's music-themed empire was Glee, and it arguably had an even rougher season than the reality series! (The Thursday average gets a ten-point inflation due to the Cory Monteith tribute episode, but it took another huge step down on Tuesday.) Fox then tried a House rip-off in the winter, but the old American Idol/House magic was clearly gone as Rake became one of the season's biggest disasters. Later in the season came Hell's Kitchen (88), a return to the 30-minute Idol results show at 9/8c, and another newbie failure in comedy Surviving Jack (60).
|2013-14||MasterChef Junior||(repeats)||57 |
|74 (+38%)||39 (-15%)|
|2013-14||Bones||Enlisted||Raising Hope||58 |
Another of Fox's quiet wins in the fall was an unprecedented Friday foothold with MasterChef Junior, which was (surprisingly to me) considerably stronger than Kitchen Nightmares ever was on this night. The network then did even better when it finally followed through on the long-promised Bones move to Friday... until it was sent back to Monday after airing just seven hours on Friday. That left Enlisted and Raising Hope to air after repeats and Rake, completely shattering any minor momentum the hour may have had.
|2012-13||The Simpsons||Bob's Burgers||Family Guy||American Dad!||110|
|2013-14||The Simpsons||Bob's Burgers||Family Guy||American Dad!||114 |
|118 (-0%)||105 (+14%)||124 (-3%)||107 (+6%)|
|112 (+6%)||116 (+1%)|
The Bob's Burgers and American Dad! averages only include episodes aired in these timeslots, which inflates them considerably since they moved to the 7:00 hour in the spring (when their ratings would've been lower even in the listed slots). Like the anchors, they would've been even to very slightly down in Plus if just comparing fall and winter numbers. Just like on several other nights, Fox busted up this relatively fine lineup late in the season, this time in favor of the documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (78). And they're dropping Dad! and downgrading Burgers again in the fall to air live-action comedies at the bottoms of the hours.