Monday, August 7, 2023

The Breakdown: Fox Thursday in 2022-23 (Hell's Kitchen, Next Level Chef, Call Me Kat and more!)

It's time for a journey through the Fox Thursday schedule in 2022-23...


2021-22Thursday Night Football816
2022-23Hell's KitchenWelcome to FlatchCall Me Kat70 (-91%)
93 (-89%)45 (-95%)48 (-94%)
46 (-94%)


In its first season after losing Thursday Night Football, Fox turned to Gordon Ramsay yet again with the return of Hell's Kitchen, which had not aired in the 2021-22 season after airing both winter and summer seasons in 2021. While not a breakout on the level of its winter 2021 season, it did just fine, but things quickly fell apart with the 9/8c comedy hour. Coming off a dreadful first season, Welcome to Flatch rarely even managed 50% retention, while Call Me Kat was doomed at 9:30 but still managed to grow from Flatch more often than not.


2021-22Joe Millionaire: For Richer Or PoorerCall Me KatPivoting56
2022-23Hell's KitchenAnimal ControlCall Me Kat76 (+36%)
96 (+50%)63 (+14%)50 (+23%)
56 (+18%)


The winter saw the launch of new comedy Animal Control, which did a lot better than Flatch but still not particularly well. Call Me Kat only barely improved with the better lead-in, but did get the privilege of crushing the year-ago flops from the winter and spring.


2021-22MasterChef JuniorCall Me KatWelcome to Flatch62
2022-23Next Level ChefAnimal ControlCall Me Kat72 (+17%)
91 (+20%)56 (-11%)51 (+55%)
54 (+12%)


Gordon Ramsay returned to round out the season, with sophomore Next Level Chef premiering after the Super Bowl and going on to handily outrate last year's MasterChef Junior. Animal Control dropped a bit in the second half of its season.

Rating the Ratings

Hell's Kitchen0.40.400.5
Next Level Chef0.40.380.4-46%90marginal-35%detail
Welcome to Flatch0.20.220.7+34%52flop+60%detail
Animal Control0.20.250.3
Call Me Kat0.20.210.3-40%49flop-28%detail

Hell's Kitchen: It was clearly weaker than the winter 2021 season but even with summer 2021, and stronger than most of the seasons when it was last regularly airing on weeknights in-season in the mid-2010s. Grade: B-.

Next Level Chef: Comparing non-football episodes, the show was actually up 2% in season two (from 89 -> 90). It did get post-Super Bowl exposure, but it's not clear from the trajectory that it actually helped, as the 0.35 Thursday premiere ended up tying for a season low. Mostly I'm just impressed that its spring ratings rather easily outperformed another Ramsay show from a year ago. Grade: B+.

Welcome to Flatch: As I said last year, this was the first newbie to get a grade F and get renewed, so we really haven't gotten a chance to see something this low-rated in a season two. When you have so little audience, just getting a better situation can help the numbers, and it did here. I hesitate to slam it too hard when it has this much y2y growth (still +35%ish even throwing out the football episode), but I'm also not gonna give it any credit because it was clearly still an eyesore in the fall lineup. Grade: C-.

Animal Control: Well, it was certainly a step in the right direction compared to Flatch, and not particularly different from what we saw out of Call Me Kat last year. It's still a pretty borderline performer, but I might actually rank it a touch ahead of the borderline drama renewals (Alert and Accused). Grade: C.

Call Me Kat: Not too surprising a drop in a move from 9/8c to 9:30, especially since it was saddled with Flatch in the fall. (Last year had a football episode but the Thursday episodes were -16%.) The show was always no better than borderline and it didn't seem like that was ever changing, especially with the tragic loss of Leslie Jordan. Grade: C.

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.

Previous Breakdowns for Fox Thursday: 2015-16 | 2016-17 | 2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20 | 2020-21 | 2021-22

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

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