Trumped by NBC among adults 18-49 and both CBS and NBC in total viewers so far in the 2013 – 2014 broadcast television season, Fox remains confident its current series lineup will turn things around… eventually.
As such, the Kevin Reilly-chaired network has just given early renewals to four shows, two of which were probably never in real danger of cancelation. The other two? I’ll be frank, I didn’t expect The Mindy Project to finish its first on-air season, let alone get a third one ordered.
And The Following appeared to struggle with critics, plus the ratings consistently dropped throughout its debut 15-episode stint, signaling a possibly problematic sophomore run and a renewal decision delayed until the very last minute.
Only that’s not ultimately the case for Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy’s psychological thriller, which has escaped drama halfway through season two.
As for New Girl and especially Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I personally had them pegged as prime “suspects” for a long, prosperous life on air months ago. A five-time Golden Globe nominee, including for best comedy television series, the former is as steady as ever ratings-wise, being pretty much Fox’s strongest sitcom.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Sure, everyone expected better numbers from Andy Samberg’s (twisted) baby, yet the lead and show each won a Globe in January, ensuring a swift season two pickup. Now how about some good news vis-à-vis Almost Human’s future, Fox?