How Long Before 'Touch' Replaces 'The Mob Doctor' On Monday? (Poll)

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September 18th, 2012

Fox's The Mob Doctor premiered to just a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating last night. It's not long for this world. It may not survive until the cancellation bear makes his first post of the season on October 2.

"Luckily" for Fox, they've got Touch currently slotted to premiere on Friday (October 26), and presumably it has plenty of episodes already "in the can" for a Fall start, so taking The Mob Doctor off Monday and putting Touch in is the easy move.

But when will that happen?

I'll let the focused schedule jockeys provide handicapping tips in the comments, because Fox's Fall schedule has so many quirks with the baseball playoffs and the election, I can't keep up with it.

Whether The Mob Doctor gets moved to a Friday burn off, or off the schedule entirely is another topic you may wish to cover in your comments.

Update: While there was no presidential election in 2010, after Lone Star "Lonestar'd" its premiere ratings, the series premiere of Lie To Me replaced it on October 4, after two episodes.

Update (2): Voters thought that Lone Star would stick around more than 2 weeks, and we know how that turned out.

What's your guess?

  • Dan S

    I vote in favor of Fringe moving to Mon. It certainly would be a good lead in to RVN at 10pm over on NBC. If Touch does move to Mon it won’t be until after baseball & agree that Bones will double up on Mon until the playoffs start.

  • Shawn

    This is why I hate checking out a new show EVER. It is so frustrating watching a show and liking it, only to find out it did bad in the ratings and won’t last very long. I hate TV….it just frustrates the crap out of me.

  • tv_viewer

    Anything that Fox puts on Mondays at 9 pm will be slaughtered. There is still a slim chance that Touch could have the Fringe treatment and be renewed for a third season. I don’t see why Fox would put Touch on Mondays during October.

    For my earlier post, I meant to write that Mob Doctor could air as many as 4 episodes before the NLCS begins.

  • Chris

    Yeah, I can’t imagine anyone at Fox looking at Touch’s perpetually-declining ratings and saying, “Oh yeah, this is going to turn Monday night around for us!” I still don’t know why they renewed it; it’s a terrible show and pure poison in the ratings. Seriously, I can’t imagine that the money it costs is even remotely worth it just to keep Kiefer Sutherland from doing something else this season, and I haven’t heard any other semi-plausible reasons for why it got to come back this year.

    If Touch does go to Mondays, it will only be as a placeholder for a show (*any* show) to arrive later. Plus, it’ll be a brutal commentary on how disappointing The Mob Doctor was for them: a show that premiered so poorly that they’d rather run the last few episodes of Touch instead? Ouch!

  • AppleStinx

    The mob doctor, she’s given the option of being owned by the wannabe capo or leaving town. She goes “but but my family leaves here…” -Start packing, woman!!! The Mob should have gone to ‘Coma’ for “help”. Two birds with a stone. This mob doc has a conscience, ‘Coma’ docs don’t. Anyway, how often does a mobster wave a gun at another mobster and live to tell? Not often, mob doc’s former owner was shot dead by her now owner. The show can survive if they introduce the concept of guest doc owners, a new celebrity actor, or actress even, each week.

  • AppleStinx

    …”my family lives here”

  • Bill Gorman

    “If Touch does go to Mondays, it will only be as a placeholder for a show (*any* show) to arrive later. “

    That’s the point. I wasn’t suggesting otherwise.

  • Samunto

    They’ll for next week wher the ratings will drop to a 1.0 or less and prop up a repeat of Touch or Bones the week after and then have 2wks to premiere Touch.
    There might still be an audience for an scifi/Mystery show Mondays at 9!

  • Ultima

    A reasonable guess would be a November premiere for The Following.

    Why? There cannot be more than 15 episodes of The Following. It makes more sense to run it nearly uninterrupted through February and May sweeps (with the ability to capitalize on the NFL Playoffs and American Idol) than it does to launch it in November with less support and have to put it on hiatus over the holidays.

  • Jon23812

    That depends, if the ratings go down gradually, they might not replace it until the end of October or November. But if it drastically goes down, then they will replace it on October 1st or October 8th.

  • Ultima

    @Bill Gorman
    Fox has baseball playoffs every year until their deal runs out in…?

    Next season.

    Of course, if they renew, it’s not necessarily an all-or-nothing deal; there’s always the chance they reduce their commitment, again*, and only keep the World Series and the All-Star Game.

    *For the newbies that don’t remember, less than a decade ago, FOX used to broadcast the World Series, both championship series, and some division series games as well (split with ESPN). They would typically schedule ~20 primetime games for the month of October.

  • Dan

    Its just like when Lone Star tanked and FOX moved Lie to Me to that slot and shifted Human Target to LTM’s slot. If Mob Doctor gets pulled than Touch can easily move to Mondays at 9 and Kitchen Nightmares can continue to air Fridays at 8.

  • Ultima

    Yeah, I can’t imagine anyone at Fox looking at Touch’s perpetually-declining ratings and saying, “Oh yeah, this is going to turn Monday night around for us!” I still don’t know why they renewed it; … If Touch does go to Mondays, it will only be as a placeholder for a show (*any* show) to arrive later.

    The concept that networks actually neeed to fill their schedules with something besides static or repeats is completely lost on you, isn’t it?

  • John A

    Did Fox ever air the final few Lone Star Episodes? 6 were made i think.

  • DW

    oh its going. i would be surprised if fox didnt drop it this time next week. it did a 1.5 with just the voice and monday night football. it wont stand with dwts and the cbs sitcoms.

  • Ultima

    Anyways, my prediction…

    Touch will replace The Mob Doctor, but there’s no chance it will premiere prior to 5 November. It makes absolutely no sense to premiere it without promotion on a new night only to put it on hiatus right away.

    This does not mean that The Mob Doctor necessarily airs four episodes, they can pull it earlier and double up with Bones originals, Bones/Touch repeats, etc.

    There’s absolutely no chance FOX puts Fringe on Mondays. There’s a small chance that Touch gets a third season while Fringe is finished by the end of January.

  • Tom

    Fox WILL NOT put Fringe on Mondays. No way. 0%. Not going to happen.
    The fact is that Touch, even on mondays, will make something aroud 1,5 and 2,0.

    My prediction is that Fox will end this season really, really sad. Fringe will probably hold 1,4 rat on it’s last season. Touch will do poorly. Bones will hold up 2,0. Glee will be around 3,0 and so will The X Factor. The only uncertain fate is the comedies.

    But hell yes, NBC wins and FOX fails.

  • Samunto

    Ok, if FOX has 3 games in October, then i bet a premiere of Touch in November could make sense. But still…They are not expecting blockbuster ratings from Touch and could still air there anyway in 2wks. That show was only renewed out of honour for Kiefer Sutherland.

  • Ultima

    But hell yes, NBC wins and FOX fails.

    Jumping the gun much? The broadcast season doesn’t even start until next week…

    The Voice holding up and some nice premieres is good for NBC, but they have a LONG way to go in order to catch ABC.

    Meanwhile, there’s a very high chance that FOX will finish the season as #2 and be back on top in 2013-14. They really need to have a good pilot season for dramas though… yikes.

  • Ricky

    The only trouble with TMD being benched in favor of Touch is…where do they intend to put The Following? Hopefully not on Fridays. It’ll die there, and it sounds like one of the most promising pilots of the season.

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