Fox is the first network to announce its full Fall 2009 schedule. Compared to 2008 it has more new shows, more new show time, and less unscripted show time.
Here is a look at its Fall 2009 Schedule vs. its Fall 2008 Schedule by the Numbers.
2009 (3 shows, 2.0 hours): Glee (1 hour), Brothers (1/2 hour), The Cleveland Show (1/2 hour)
2008 (2 shows, 1.5 hours): Fringe (1 hour), Do Not Disturb (1/2 hour)
2009 (6 hours): So You Think You Can Dance + Results (3 hours), Cops (1 hour), America’s Most Wanted (1 hour), The O.T. (1 hour)
2008 (7 hours): Moment Of Truth (1 hours), Kitchen Nightmares (1 hour), Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? (1 hour), Don’t Forget the Lyrics (1 hour), Cops (1 hour), America’s Most Wanted (1 hour), The O.T. (1 hour)
My Ratings Forecast
Guessing Fox’s ratings trend from Fall 2008 to Fall 2009 is tricky because so much depends on the baseball playoffs. Seven game series between the Cubs, Dodgers, Red Sox or Yankees can make up for a lot of other programming problems. That said, I like Fox to be slightly up in Fall 2009 vs. 2008. I think Lie To Me is a net add to the Fall ratings. I think 2009 Fall Friday is a net loss that doesn’t cancel out Lie To Me’s gain. And I think So You Think You Can Dance + Glee can equal the combination of Do Not Disturb, Moment of Truth and Kitchen Nightmares.
|8-9p||TERMINATOR:SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES||HOUSE|
|9-10p||PRISON BREAK||LIE TO ME|
|8-9p||HOUSE||SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (8-10p)|
|8-9p||BONES||SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE RESULTS|
|9-9:30||TIL DEATH||GLEE (9-10p)|
|9:30-10p||DO NOT DISTURB|
|8-9p||THE MOMENT OF TRUTH||BONES|
|8-8:30p||ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?||BROTHERS|
|8:30-9p||ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?||TIL DEATH|
|9-10p||DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS||DOLLHOUSE|
|9-10p||AMERICA’S MOST WANTED||AMERICA’S MOST WANTED|
|7-8p||THE O.T.||THE O.T.|
|8:30-9p||KING OF THE HILL||CLEVELAND SHOW|
|9-9:30p||FAMILY GUY||FAMILY GUY|
|9:30-10p||AMERICAN DAD||AMERICAN DAD|
Shows in BOLD are/were new, shows in italics are unscripted, 2008 shows in strikethrough did not return.
The shows scheduled to premiere in mid-season or later are: American Idol, 24, Past Life, Human Target, and Sons of Tucson.
It’s not worth the time to compare mid-season schedules. Changes are almost certain between now and January.