FOX is adding two new comedies to its Sunday lineup — can they hold onto the ratings of the shows they’re replacing?

“Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” premieres at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, replacing “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (which is moving to Tuesdays starting Jan. 5). It’s a hangout show in which the main character (Jack Cutmore-Scott) occasionally addresses the camera to impart bits of quarter-life wisdom.

“Bordertown,” which has been in the offing for about two years, follows “Family Guy” at 9:30 p.m. (“The Last Man on Earth” is off presumably until spring). Seth MacFarlane is an executive producer, and it centers on two families, one white and one Latino, in a town on the U.S.-Mexico border.

FOX has a late-afternoon NFL game Sunday, which usually means higher prime-time ratings for the shows that follow. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” averaged 1.8 in its post-NFL airings in the fall, while “Last Man” averaged 1.4 those weeks.

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Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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