Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Breakdown: Fox Monday in 2018-19 (The Resident, 9-1-1, The Passage)

It's time for a journey through the Fox Monday schedule in 2018-19...


2017-18LuciferThe Gifted89
2018-19The Resident9-1-1124 (+40%)
104 (+25%)145 (+53%)

The Resident and 9-1-1, a couple midseason successes from last year, made the move to the fall, teaming up on Monday and crushing last year's middling drama duo.


2017-18LuciferThe Resident82
2018-19The ResidentThe Passage102 (+24%)
103 (+36%)100 (+15%)

A big growth night for Fox saw its slowest growth in the winter, when 9-1-1 went on hiatus and was replaced with genre drama The Passage. Still, it managed ratings pretty close to The Resident (and better than the year-ago The Resident).


2017-18LuciferThe Resident72
2018-19The Resident9-1-1108 (+49%)
91 (+37%)125 (+59%)

Reunited in the spring, The Resident and 9-1-1 crushed another year-ago drama duo, this time involving the last episodes of The Resident season one.

Rating the Ratings

The Resident0.80.951.1-7%100solid+7%detail
The Passage0.70.911.396marginaldetail

The Resident: To get renewed in the new Fox transition year, this show really had to earn it, and it went out and earned it. Kudos. Take out the Sunday preview to open season one and the show was actually up in raw, an impressive accomplishment even if its timeslot was easier on average. Grade: A-.

9-1-1: It was still a much stronger show than The Resident, but I'm giving it the inferior grade because it had a worse trajectory, and maybe even a bit of an underwhelming one considering how remarkably steady it was throughout the first season. Grade: B-.

The Passage: I usually base my grades for newbies somewhat on how they were looking from a renew/cancel perespective, but with Fox in 2018-19 it's really important to make the point that all these shows would've stood a better chance on a "normal network," rather than a transitioning-to-new-Fox network, and were stronger in a vacuum than what renew/cancel predictors were saying about them. For most of its run, The Passage had ratings that should've gotten it renewed on a normal network. It did sputter on its finale night, and maybe that would've killed it either way, but I think it would've had more cushion for that kind of a performance if everyone hadn't been assuming that even the 0.9's were borderline at best. Grade: B-.

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.

Here's the now updated Schedules Plus for Fox Monday.

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