Monday, August 1, 2016

The Breakdown: Fox Thursday in 2015-16 (Bones, Sleepy Hollow, American Idol, American Grit)




It's time for a journey through the Fox Thursday schedule in 2015-16...


fall

Year8:008:309:009:30Avg
2014-15BonesGracepoint67
8550
2015-16BonesSleepy Hollow71 (+5%)
79 (-7%)63 (+25%)
VsAvg-4%-17%-10%
Rank7/1510/159/15

Sleepy Hollow was a shell of its former self on Thursday, to say the least. But it still had enough juice to represent a significant improvement on the year-ago bomb Gracepoint. Bones kept chugging along with small declines in Plus.

winter

Year8:008:309:009:30Avg
2014-15American Idol ThuBackstrom110
14971
2015-16American Idol Thu150 (+36%)
150 (+1%)150 (+112%)
VsAvg+6%+68%+30%
Rank7/152/155/15

American Idol had a strong final season, and aired for two hours on Thursday throughout the winter.

spring

Year8:008:309:009:30Avg
2014-15BonesBackstrom56
6548
2015-16BonesAmerican Grit52 (-8%)
59 (-10%)45 (-6%)
VsAvg-38%-37%-37%
Rank12/1514/1514/15

After Idol's finale, Bones returned to 8/7c with similar Plus declines to the ones in the fall. American Grit couldn't improve on the dying days of Backstrom from a year ago.

The Shows

NameLoAvgHiy2yPlusLabelPlusy2yResults
Bones*0.70.991.4-21%68flop-9%detail
American Idol Thu*1.72.163.0-4%149hit+11%detail
Sleepy Hollow0.60.821.1-47%56flop-39%detail
American Grit0.50.650.845flopdetail

Bones: Most of the damage to this show was done last year, but there was no real hint of a bounce-back this year. Maybe for the final season? Grade: C.

American Idol Thu: Already updated.

Sleepy Hollow: Improving upon Gracepoint and then holding up OK in the move to Friday were sort of positive, and enough to keep it from a failing grade. But they should not obscure the fact that the show was still in complete free-fall compared to its past history. Grade: D-. The good news is maybe it's gotten low enough that losing Nicole Beharie can't make things much worse?

American Grit: Mentioned a couple times that it was interesting how much younger/maler this show skewed compared to Bones. But I wouldn't have thought it was interesting enough for an actual renewal. Apparently Fox did; now, can they actually come up with a situation that could tap into that...?

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.

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