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Fox "On The Bubble": No More!

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March 30th, 2008

UPDATE: Fox has renewed Moment of Truth, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Don't Forget the Lyrics, Moment of Truth and 'Til Death for Fall 2008. Fox has cancelled Back to You, Canterbury's Law and New Amsterdam.

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Moving on to Fox, which has quite a few shows with unannounced futures including Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, New Amsterdam, Canterbury's Law, Back to You, Don't Forget the Lyrics, Moment of Truth, Return of Jezebel James, 'Til Death, Kitchen Nightmares and Unhitched.

Since the lack of Fox announcements has so many shows "on the bubble" I'm going to do a more wholesale analysis than I did with the 3 CBS shows earlier.

Selected Fox Shows Ranked by Season to Date Adults 18-49, and Season to Date Viewers

STD Adults 18-49 Rank Show STD Adults 18-49, Live+SD (000) STD Viewers, Live+SD (000) STD Viewers Rank
4 MOMENT OF TRUTH 9,317 16,484 4
6 TERMINATOR:SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (renewed) 5,802 10,690 8
10 NEW AMSTERDAM 4,615 11,161 5
11 PRISON BREAK 4,592 8,156 14
14 BONES 4,241 8,867 11
15 Kitchen Nightmares 3,817 6,245 22
16 DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS 3,763 8,160 13
19 SMARTER THAN 5TH GRADER 3,495 9,145 9
20 UNHITCHED 3,283 5,179 29
22 TIL DEATH 3,072 6,232 24
23 BACK TO YOU 2,977 6,494 20
24 COPS 2 2,970 6,475 21
25 AMW: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK 2,788 6,240 23
26 K-VILLE (cancelled) 2,681 5,886 27
27 COPS 2,582 5,757 28
29 CANTERBURY'S LAW 2,242 7,716 16
34 NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND 1,562 2,879 35
35 RETURN OF JEZEBEL JAMES (cancelled) 1,383 3,182 34
36 Nashville (cancelled) 1,249 2,482 36

Guaranteed Return [UPDATE: Both these shows are RENEWED for Fall 2008.]

  • Moment of Truth has been Fox's bona fide hit this season. Lots more lie detector tests are on the way.
  • Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles wasn't a home run, but it was a solid double as Fox's 6th best show for 18-49s.

Likely Return

These shows are in the top half of Fox's line up in either adults 18-49 or viewers, and seem likely to be back.

  • Prison Break [UPDATE: Renewed]
  • Bones [UPDATE: Renewed]
  • Kitchen Nightmares [UPDATE: Renewed]
  • Don't Forget The Lyrics [UPDATE: Renewed]
  • Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? [UPDATE: Renewed]

Toss Up

These two half hour comedies are right on the borderline. They didn't perform very well, but they're likely cheap to make which could save them.

Not Enough Data

  • Unhitched initial episodes indicate Back to You and 'Til Death level ratings. If that keeps up, it might survive. [UPDATE: Cancelled]
  • New Amsterdam posted some good early numbers due to Idol, but how far will it continue to fall? 5/12 Update: New Amsterdam has been cancelled by Fox.

Stick a Fork In Them

  • Canterbury's Law has a short track record, but it's a very bad one. [UPDATE: Cancelled]
  • Return of Jezebel James level ratings got Nashville yanked in a hurry last fall. [UPDATE: Cancelled]

3/24 Update: Jezebel James has been removed from the Fox schedule.

Fans, what do you think will happen?

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Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    If that’s the case Byran, I think Microsoft may be Skynet. The version of Vista I have came with a chess game, which is pretty good except for this: sometimes the computer cheats and makes illegal moves!

    I’m with Frank, hopefully the glow from having Idol won’t keep FOX from marketing TSCC well. We need more Summer Glau. I am ashamed to admit I did not realize that John’s uncle was played by former 90210 star Brian Austen Green. I hated him in 90210, but he makes a great hater of cyborgs.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    If that’s the case Byran, I think Microsoft may be Skynet. The version of Vista I have came with a chess game, which is pretty good except for this: sometimes the computer cheats and makes illegal moves!

    I’m with Frank, hopefully the glow from having Idol won’t keep FOX from marketing TSCC well. We need more Summer Glau. I am ashamed to admit I did not realize that John’s uncle was played by former 90210 star Brian Austen Green. I hated him in 90210, but he makes a great hater of cyborgs.

  • http://www.facesofserenity.com mrmgraphics

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    Agreed with many of the above: FOX simply must bring back TTSCC, and do one heck of a better job at marketing the show for what it is: a well-written sci-fi drama where the characters — not the action — takes center stage.

    For those Cameron/Summer Glau fans out there who may not know this, FOX previously had on its hands in 2002 a brilliant, character-based sci-fi show — with Summer Glau — called Firefly, that they proceeded to destroy through poor scheduling, episodes run out of order, and a complete lack of promotion. Here’s hoping they learned their lessons.

  • http://www.facesofserenity.com mrmgraphics

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    Agreed with many of the above: FOX simply must bring back TTSCC, and do one heck of a better job at marketing the show for what it is: a well-written sci-fi drama where the characters — not the action — takes center stage.

    For those Cameron/Summer Glau fans out there who may not know this, FOX previously had on its hands in 2002 a brilliant, character-based sci-fi show — with Summer Glau — called Firefly, that they proceeded to destroy through poor scheduling, episodes run out of order, and a complete lack of promotion. Here’s hoping they learned their lessons.

  • http://spycomics.com Rick Spy

    I’m pleased to see where T:TSCC rates on FOX’s ratings list and by the posts there’s obviously an avid following for the show. Hopefully, FOX isn’t stupid this time and pays attention. As another poster noted, a full fleshed out second season should get this show off the bubble and into Hitsville. Just watched my first New Amsterdam: liked it…I’ll be back.

  • http://spycomics.com Rick Spy

    I’m pleased to see where T:TSCC rates on FOX’s ratings list and by the posts there’s obviously an avid following for the show. Hopefully, FOX isn’t stupid this time and pays attention. As another poster noted, a full fleshed out second season should get this show off the bubble and into Hitsville. Just watched my first New Amsterdam: liked it…I’ll be back.

  • frankj

    Bill, I heard about that. Can’t wait to hear what the movie is. Apparently she has had to cancel convention appearances because of it though.

    Hopefully she’ll be done in time to go right into T:SCC’s Season 2 – which is looking even more likely now!

  • frankj

    Bill, I heard about that. Can’t wait to hear what the movie is. Apparently she has had to cancel convention appearances because of it though.

    Hopefully she’ll be done in time to go right into T:SCC’s Season 2 – which is looking even more likely now!

  • Chmarin

    KITCHEN NIGHTMARES already got a second season and will air next fall… ;)

  • Chmarin

    KITCHEN NIGHTMARES already got a second season and will air next fall… ;)

  • frankj

    Canterbury slips farther, FOX just moved it back to it’s originally planned timeslot on Friday. Doesn’t look good.

  • frankj

    Canterbury slips farther, FOX just moved it back to it’s originally planned timeslot on Friday. Doesn’t look good.

  • Jason

    BRING BACK “THE WAR AT HOME”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE HAVE NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AND LOOKED FORWARD EVERY WEEK FOR A NEW EPISODE. IT WAS A MODERN DAY “MARRIED WITH CHILDREN” WHY, WHY WHY DID THIS SHOW GET CANCELLED??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Jason

    BRING BACK “THE WAR AT HOME”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE HAVE NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AND LOOKED FORWARD EVERY WEEK FOR A NEW EPISODE. IT WAS A MODERN DAY “MARRIED WITH CHILDREN” WHY, WHY WHY DID THIS SHOW GET CANCELLED??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • http://westeggediting.com Brian

    Jezebel James is one of the worst shows I have ever seen – even for laugh track sitcoms, even for Fox – and the fact that it’s made by the Gilmore Girls team makes it even more shocking. Fox is right to bury this on Friday nights. Even they think it’s bad.

  • http://westeggediting.com Brian

    Jezebel James is one of the worst shows I have ever seen – even for laugh track sitcoms, even for Fox – and the fact that it’s made by the Gilmore Girls team makes it even more shocking. Fox is right to bury this on Friday nights. Even they think it’s bad.

  • http://www.hopefordreams.com Michele

    I’m glad to see that Terminator is coming back, hopefully with Brain Austen Green (I like his Character).

    I hope New Amsterdam gets a second season. It’s a great show.

  • http://www.hopefordreams.com Michele

    I’m glad to see that Terminator is coming back, hopefully with Brain Austen Green (I like his Character).

    I hope New Amsterdam gets a second season. It’s a great show.

  • Mike

    TSCC is the only show I watched regularly on TV Summer Glau is great as the terminator, glad its back.

  • Mike

    TSCC is the only show I watched regularly on TV Summer Glau is great as the terminator, glad its back.

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