Fox Benches 'Ben & Kate', 'Hell's Kitchen' to Air Tuesday at 8PM

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January 23rd, 2013

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HELL’S KITCHEN Starts Cooking Tuesday, March 12

Special One-Hour Episodes of RAISING HOPE Air Tuesdays

Including January 29, February 5 and February 26

All-New Episodes of NEW GIRL Continue at 9:00 PM ET/PT,

Followed by All-New Installments of THE MINDY PROJECT at 9:30 PM ET/PT

FOX announces revisions to its Tuesday night lineup, as well as the season premiere of HELL’S KITCHEN on Tuesday, March 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).


On Tuesday, Jan. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Tuesday, Feb. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Tuesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), FOX will air all-new one-hour episodes of RAISING HOPE, followed by all-new episodes of NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) in their regularly scheduled time periods. On Tuesday, Feb. 12, as previously announced, encore episodes of RAISING HOPE (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) and NEW GIRL (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) will air, followed by the STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS (9:00-10:30 PM ET/live in all time zones). On Tuesday, Feb. 19 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), an all-new episode of RAISING HOPE leads off the night, followed by an encore of NEW GIRL (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), and all-new installments of NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30 PM ET/PT).


In the special one-hour episode of RAISING HOPE airing Tuesday, Jan. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) tie the knot. Then, as a wedding gift from Barney (Gregg Binkley), the Chance family heads off to Los Angeles to watch the taping of Hope’s (Baylie and Rylie Cregut) favorite TV show. On an all-new episode of NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) falls for a beautiful woman (guest star Brooklyn Decker), while Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick’s (Jake Johnson) relationship takes a surprising turn. On a brand-new episode of THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), Mindy (Mindy Kaling) finally thinks she’s met the perfect guy (guest star BJ Novak).


Tuesday nights heat up this spring when Chef Gordon Ramsay returns for the Season 11 premiere of HELL’S KITCHEN on Tuesday, March 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by all-new episodes of NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). In the hit cooking competition series, aspiring restaurateurs are put through an intense culinary academy to prove they possess the right combination of ingredients to win a life-changing grand prize. Each week on HELL’S KITCHEN, the contestants will brave Chef Ramsay and his fiery command in the kitchen as they compete in rigorous culinary challenges and dinner services. In each episode, the losing team will put two contestants on the chopping block, and Ramsay will eliminate one chef. Only those who can handle the heat in the kitchen will earn a coveted black jacket and continue to compete for the ultimate prize. HELL’S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Studios America in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers.


The one-hour season finale of RAISING HOPE will air on a special night Thursday, March 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).


FOX’s upcoming Tuesday night schedule, plus the special Thursday night season finale of RAISING HOPE is as follows (all times are ET/PT except where noted):


Tuesday, Jan. 29

8:00-9:00 PM RAISING HOPE (Special One-Hour Episode)

9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL



Tuesday, Feb. 5

8:00-9:00 PM RAISING HOPE (Special One-Hour Episode)

9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL



Tuesday, Feb. 12

8:00-8:30 PM RAISING HOPE (encore)

8:30-9:00 PM NEW GIRL (encore)

9:00-10:30 PM STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS (ET/live in all time zones)


Tuesday, Feb. 19


8:30-9:00 PM NEW GIRL (encore)

9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL



Tuesday, Feb. 26

8:00-9:00 PM RAISING HOPE (Special One-Hour Episode)

9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL



Tuesday, March 5

8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (ET Live/PT tape-delayed; Special Night)


Tuesdays, beginning March 12

8:00-9:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN (Season Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL



Thursday, March 28

8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (ET Live/PT tape-delayed)

9:00-10:00 PM RAISING HOPE (One-Hour Season Finale)



[EDITOR’S NOTE 1: BEN AND KATE will return with all-new episodes at a later date.]

[EDITOR’S NOTE 2: GLEE is preempted on Thursday, March 28.]


  • forg

    TV has become so ratings driven that shows that are gone fast.

    Uhmmm.. It always has been ratings driven, broadcast TV at least. In fact, ratings standard these days is so low that a lot of low rated shows actually survived longer than they should (Fringe, Chuckk, most NBC shows). Ben & Kate’s ratings are low from the get go, it’s a miracle they managed to air as many eps given their ratings. Shows are gone much faster before just like 1 to 2 episodes.

  • Dan

    My guess is Ben & Kate will return with Goodwin Games Fridays after KN ends? Around April.

    Originally I’d say for FOX to just burn through Ben & Kate until March but the show is just looking bad.

    Unlike Apartment 23, this doesnt mean Ben & Kate is axed (until May), FOX just needs Hell’s Kitchen to save Tuesdays.

    Ben & Kate has aired 13 episodes and has 6 left, paired with The Goodwin Games it will probably serve as a burnoff.

    Raising Hope will get a Season 4 to fulfill syndication needs. The Gods demand it.

  • Ann

    I’m only surprised it took this long for Fox to pull Ben & Kate. The ratings have been bad since their premiere. As a Raising Hope fan, I saw every episode of B&K since it follows that show, and could never get into it.

  • Greg

    Most likely FOX are holding the 2 episodes from Raising Hope for next season. They do that all the time.

    FOX’s screwed now. The Tuesday comedy block turned out to be a failure and they can’t go back to Glee airing at 8, since The Voice is airing there now.

    Maybe they could air the remaining episodes of Ben and Kate on May and wrap up New Girl and Mindy by the end of April?

  • Nick

    If FOX were smart they would have put Hell’s Kitchen after Idol on Thursdays and moved Glee back to Tuesdays where it belongs. They should have thought that one through better.

  • Cory

    Dammit. Ben and Kate is absolutely my favorite comedy on TV right now. I was resigned to the fact that it’d be 1 season and done due to ratings, but was hoping they wouldn’t shelve the remaining episodes.

    And the Fox scheduling is just weird. Thursday 1 hour Hope finale after a long hiatus? Yeah. And I LOVE Raising Hope, but a half an hour a week of Chance antics is plenty, not sure how I feel about 1 hour episodes every week.


  • RyanCanada

    Raising hope is such a solid preformer and i love the show, sad ben and kate is gone, well done show.

  • Nick


  • Tom

    I had some significant doubts about Fox still going with a 4 comedy block on Tuesdays in 13/14 (then again, I thought it was madness to try it in 12/13 given the Spring 11/12 results), and, well, this news doesn’t change my opinion.

    I think we get Glee to New Girl to New Comedy on Tuesday, and a RH/New Comedy (delayed start spackle mode) on Fridays.

  • DJ

    @Cyrax86 Goodwin Games is not a disaster. In fact I think it’s too good of a show for Fox. They should just stick to animation!

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    @Ultima, thanks for your reply about Syndication. I did not know that, save for GLEE skewing young esp compared to CBS normal programming.

    As far as this year’s ad rates for the shows you mentioned:
    The Mentalist: 108,839
    CSI: 134,652
    Elementary: 141,690

    Bones: 166,247
    GLEE: 224,345


    So you are def right that they are getting a much better ad rate.

    CBS shows above 150K
    HIMYM, Partners, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCISLA, TBBT, 2AAHM, POI
    FOX shows above 150K
    Animation Domination save for The Cleveland Show, all of Monday, New Girl, Mindy Project, XF, AI, GLEE

    CBS above 200K
    2 Broke Girls, TBBT, TAAHM
    FOX above 200K
    The Simpsons, Family Guy, New Girl, XF, AI, GLEE

    CBS above 300K
    FOX above 300K
    New Girl, AI

    When looking at all shows on both Networks, even though CBS has the better over all strength in it’s lineup, it doesn’t command as much advertisers respect in regards to dollars. TBBT better get a much higher ad rate this next season, as of right now if ad rates weren’t renegotiated it is a steal where as New Girl the advertisers lost big. The advertisers like to take chances, almost 200K for The Following, really?

    As far as the CBS merry go round, CSI NY is only getting 58,206 compared to TGW’s 112,654 & The Mentalist’s 108,639. If I’m reading the chart right, it’s got the lowest rate for drama of all the Big 4 Networks, and only has 4 other shows lower, all on Friday mind you but still. I don’t know the history of it’s ad rates comparatively to say CSI:Miami, but that doesn’t look good.

  • Dan

    If KItchen NIghmares airs new episodes every Friday from January 25 to April 5 then it will air all 16 episodes and by April 12 Ben & Kate and Goodwin Games can air Fridays as a burn off.

    Fridays February 15-April 5
    8:00 Kitchen Nightamares
    9:00 Touch

    Fridays April 12-May 17
    8:00 Ben & Kate
    8:30 The Goodwin Games
    9:00 Touch

    Maybe this was FOX’s plan to get both comedies out of the way and have originals through Fridays, this way FOX doesn’t have to burn off Ben & Kate and Goodwin during the summer.


    Pretty ominous for B&K

  • Onion

    Rasing Hope 4th season 24 episode order and now 13 aired.
    But according to this programming, RH only airing 9 episode (If “one hour episode” means ‘back-to-back’). What about 2 left-overs?

    And @Ultima,
    My guess is that FOX is already committed to doing another season of Raising Hope for syndication (it’s performing well enough)

    RH performing good on FOX, OK I understand that, but how does FOX’s programming -early season end of RH- translated into ‘committed to doing another season for syndication’?
    Give’em a time to shop around?

  • David Howell

    RH still getting renewed (the syndication gods demand it), this is just them not trusting Goodwin Games even as filler. Presumably the hour-long episodes of RH will air as the originally intended 30-minute episodes in syndication?

  • Dan

    @Onion – Maybe Fox rolled back the Raising Hope order to 22, they can do that you know. The show is probably filming episode 17 or 18 now (definitely nowhere near the season finale). So FOX doesnt need 2 extra eps. And If a show is profitable for syndication, why produce 3 seasons of 22 episodes (66) and then not just produce 1 more full season. Especially considering FOX owns Raising Hope. Where else would they shop it to?

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood


    Simply, they looked @ RH’s relative ratings for it’s network & the fact that only 1 more season would get syndication numbers.

    Shopping around has already started for both RH & HE, well b4 they both were in this wrap up early mode. Save for The Good Wife and yet TGW w/o a deal still has a 1 in 3 shot of getting another season.

    HE is too far away for a 1 season renewal and it’s relative ratings are much worse so the syndication gods are simply less demanding of it to get 2 more seasons (partial or not).

    I wouldn’t count out the chance of a pickup for schedule spackle. It could do that for 2 years (15 and 16ep each). But, it’s still worse off than RH.

    Just cause they both end early and are in s3 does not make their renewal chances similar. The ep count & relative ratings are much more important.

  • Dan

    @David Howell – The Hour long epsiodes are just 2 different episodes aired back-to-back. Maybe one of them is an hour long episode but in syndication the episodes will always be cut to 30 minutes and the production code will be for each 30 minute episode and not for a 1 hour one.

  • Dan

    @Anna Bones Clarkwood – I agree here are the differences

    Raising Hope wil have aired 66 eps and 3 full seasons by May. Raising Hope is owned by FOX so FOX will benefit from syndication. FOX has room to plop Raising Hope anywhere on there schedule and FOX doesnt have many live action comedies.

    Happy Endings will have 57 episodes by March, 22 more will equal 77, 11 less then the minimum which means atleast another 13 episodes (SO 35 eps over 2 more seasons) Why would ABC waste money on that when Happy Endings has garbage ratings. Also ABC has established comedies (Modern Family, The Middle, Suburgatory) as well as other higher rated comedies (than Happy Endings) (LMS, Malibu Country and The Neighbors) plus two more midseason shows.

    Raising Hope > Happy Endings for next season

  • Ultima

    In neither case does it influence the network’s May decision a jot.

    If anything, scheduling all its episodes in-season is a positive sign for Happy Endings.

    Fair enough, I see your point.

    There is one other difference between the shows – FOX has no other comedies in the pipeline (as Goodwin Games is apparently headed for summer), while ABC is choosing to premiere new comedies in April and May instead of holding Happy Endings episodes for those timeslots.

    That may have absolutely nothing to do with Happy Endings, but it’s something to consider.

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