It's time for a journey through the Fox Friday schedule in 2015-16...
|2014-15||Utopia Fri||Utopia Fri||Gotham (R)||Gotham (R)||33|
|2015-16||MasterChef Junior||MasterChef Junior||World's Funniest||World's Funniest||61 (+85%)|
|2015-16||76 (+98%)||76.4997548084782||46 (+66%)||46 (+66%)||61.2978804555114|
Fox insisted on airing MasterChef Junior on Friday nights despite a ton of problems on weeknights, and I guess they got the massive timeslot improvement on Friday that they were looking for. But World's Funniest blew 40% of that big lead-in, and was an even weaker player than last year when it was leading off the night. Worth noting that MasterChef Junior really heated up in its four January airings (1.4 -> 1.4 -> 1.5 -> 1.3), so its full season average was higher than what is shown above.
|2014-15||World's Funniest||World's Funniest||Glee||Glee||45|
|2015-16||Sleepy Hollow||Sleepy Hollow||Second Chance||Second Chance||46 (+2%)|
|2015-16||54 (+2%)||53.778673786302||38 (+2%)||38 (+2%)||46.0142755952705|
Exiled dramas Sleepy Hollow and Second Chance actually narrowly outrated the year-ago World's Funniest and Glee, which is kind of surprising to me anyway. A show that had only gotten a 60ish Plus on Thursday, Sleepy Hollow managed to hold the vast majority of that in its Friday airings.
|2014-15||Movie Night||Movie Night||Movie Night||Movie Night||39|
|2015-16||Sleepy Hollow||Sleepy Hollow||Hell's Kitchen||Hell's Kitchen||54 (+38%)|
|2015-16||48 (+22%)||48.0575382771209||60 (+53%)||60 (+53%)||54.2363646270365|
A recurring theme in this post is that Fox put forth a lot more effort on Friday than they did last year... so, kudos for Hollow and Hell's Kitchen for handily outrating the two months of movie nights from a year ago. (The network had a few movies at the end of the season this time as well, just not as many.)
MasterChef Junior: Kind of a shame for this show that it had to make a Friday move when there were so many weaker players on the weeknight sked. But it did a good job with it, and had a noticeably better Plus than the first season on Friday two years ago. Grade: B+.
Sleepy Hollow: Already updated.
World's Funniest: Man, I hate to be so rough on something that posted a freakin' +66% above, even if it was +66% vs. nothing-rated Gotham repeats. But this show got a later hour and a really good-for-Friday lead-in, and it was the kind of show that I thought should benefit a lot from that. And it was down 15%!! Grade: D.
Hell's Kitchen: Already updated.
Second Chance: Friday was its second chance timeslot, after only two episodes on Wednesday. It didn't make a renewal case.
The names in this last table link to the shows' War of 18-49 pages. Links with an asterisk(*) have been updated with the new info. Updates to younger shows will come later in the summer.
Check back tomorrow for this day's new Schedules Plus! Till then, you can refer to the old version.