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A few years ago, Fox had some of the top-rated TV shows on the air. Now, the network is struggling. Which series will be cancelled and which will be renewed? Stay tuned.
How do the execs decide what to cancel or keep? They look at a lot of different factors but the ratings play a very large role. The higher the ratings, the better chances a show has of surviving.
Fox shows this season (so far): Bob's Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, Gotham, Gracepoint, Hell's Kitchen, The Mindy Project, Mulaney, Red Band Society, New Girl, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, and Utopia.
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The ratings for Family Guy keep coming down but the Fox series continues to be a cash cow for the studio. Will it ever be cancelled (for the second time)? Move to a cable channel like American Dad! did? Will it return for the 2015-16 season? Stay tuned.
On Family Guy, Peter Griffin and his family and friends continue to have crazy mishaps in the Rhode Island town of Quahog. The voice cast includes Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, and Mike Henry.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
Sunday, October 19, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mulaney, Family Guy, America's Funniest Home Videos, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, Revenge, 60 Minutes, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, and CSI. Sports: Football Overrun: NY Giants at Dallas, The Ot, Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football: 49ers at Broncos. Reruns: (none).
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The Simpsons continued their annual Halloween tradition on Sunday night with the series' 25th "Treehouse of Horror" episode. Like past installments, it featured three short segments – but the clear highlight was "A Clockwork Yellow," a spirited spoof of Stanley Kubrick's iconic filmography. The above clip, courtesy of Vulture, features a rapid-fire spree of Kubrick references – from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Eyes Wide Shut to Full Metal Jacket to (briefly) Barry Lyndon – but focuses on a Clockwork Orange-centric plot.
"A Clockwork Yellow" stars Moe as a member of a »
NBC dominated Sunday’s ratings race with its San Francisco-Denver matchup on “Sunday Night Football,” with audiences tuning in to see Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning make NFL history by throwing his 509th career touchdown pass. Opposite the game, the dramas on ABC and CBS held steady while Fox’s comedy lineup saw gains.
In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the Denver Broncos’ 42-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers averaged a 14.8 household rating to become the No. 2-rated “Sunday Night Football” game of the football season (behind the Week 1 game between Denver and Indianapolis). The game turned out to be a lopsided affair, with the Broncos expanding its 21-10 halftime lead with three more touchdowns in the third quatrter.
The game peaked with a 17.0 household rating in the 9:30-10 p.m. Et half-hour, when Manning broke Brett Favre’s NFL record of 508 career touchdown passes. He would go on to throw No. »
- Rick Kissell
Get ready for less of Fox's Mulaney. EW has confirmed that the network has cut its initial 16-episode order to 13 episodes, wrapping production just in time before starting work on its 14th episode. This comes at a reversal of the network's order of an additional 10 episodes of the series back in spring. The show premiered to low ratings and mixed reviews, with 2.3 million viewers and a 1.0 in the 18-49 demographic—a 50 percent drop from its lead-in, Family Guy. The following week maintained around the same numbers, with a tick upwards to 1.1 in the 18-49 demographic. The show will continue to air in its 9:30 p. »
- Teresa Jue
Another Sunday, another trio of networks reap the benefits of the NFL. NBC, of course, led the night by all measures. Preliminary ratings for the 49ers-Broncos matchup have Sunday Night Football up 17 percent from the comparable figures last week — already averaging a 7.0 rating among adults 18-49 before time zone adjustments. NFL overrun brought another week of big improvement to Fox's lineup. Though its scores are also tentative, The Simpsons (3.5 adults), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.5 adults) and Family Guy (2.5 adults) were all up and posting their highest ratings since their respective
- Michael O'Connell
Fast National ratings for Sunday, October 19, 2014. The Sunday Night Football game between the 49ers and Broncos drew big numbers to NBC, driven in part by Denver Qb Peyton Manning's pursuit of the NFL's Td-passing record. It was NBC's best Sunday Night Football performance since the premiere, while other programming also had a big night. Inflated by NFL overrun, Fox's comedies and CBS' dramas were up week-to-week. Also posting gains without football was ABC's "Once Upon a Time," while the network's later dramas were flat. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 5.9 rating for Sunday night, tops in the key demographic for Sunday night. Fox was second with a 3.6 key demo rating, topping the combined totals for ABC (1.6 key demo) and CBS (1.4 key demo). Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 17.405 million viewers and a 10.2 rating/16 share for Sunday night. CBS was second here with an estimated 10.775 million viewers »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Good Wife polled well this Sunday night, drawing 10.8 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating, up 4 percent and a tenth week-to-week, and against a more robust NBC football game.
ABC | Once Upon a Time matched last week’s 7.9 mil/2.7; ABC notes the series is up 11 and 29 percent year-over-year. Resurrection (5 mil/1.4) dipped 10 percent and a tenth (to a series low), while Revenge‘s big reunion (5 mil/1.3) ticked up 6 percent and a tenth.
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Dave Davies previews the new point and click adventure Randal’s Monday…
Randal’s Monday should be a Kevin Smith fan’s dream, a nerdy, geek-fest of a point and click adventure (arguably the nerdiest of genres), the perfect way to celebrate 20 years since the release of Clerks. However, the preview of Nexus Games Studios’ latest adventure sadly appears to over geek the pudding.
Playing as the titular hero, voiced by everyone’s favourite Video Store slacker himself Jeff Anderson, the game plunges you into a Groundhog Day-esque storyline revolving around your kleptomania, your best friend’s suicide and a golden ring which holds power over those who possess it.
It’s clear from the outset that Mr Smith’s involvement has been little more than providing the original character (a different Randal to the Randal here) and allowing a “cameo” from himself and Jason Mewes. The dialogue, although »
- Gary Collinson
Fox giveth, and Fox taketh away: After the network gave a surprising full-season pickup to freshman drama "Gotham" last week, it's now cut the episode order of fellow new show "Mulaney."
Originally slated for 16 episodes, "Mulaney" will now only get 13. That's a bummer for the comedy, starring former "Saturday Night Live" writer John Mulaney, which has also seen its ratings fizzle since its less-than-stellar debut on October 5.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the series had just finished production on its 13th episode when the order cut news was handed down, though the show was gearing up to film its 14th. Since the 13th installment will now be the season -- and possibly the series -- finale, it looks like some reshoots may be in order. (Though nothing on that front has been confirmed.)
"Mulaney" has had an odd trajectory from the start, beginning its life as a pilot that was passed on by NBC, »
- Katie Roberts
Family Guy has become almost the anti-Simpsons over the years. Despite a heap of similarities between the two, Family Guy has gone the route of shock comedy while the Simpsons have played it safe, for the most part sticking with telling stories with obvious morals and lessons to be learned. Family Guy had some of that at the start, but over the years, it has changed – some say for the better, some say for the worse.
There’s no question, however, that compared to its earlier seasons, Family Guy is now a completely different show. Peter has gone from dumb but caring to just plain dumb, while since Stewie “killed” Lois the defining side of his character has been changed drastically.
Meg has been featured less and less, Chris has the same problem, both have gone from being somewhat typical teenagers with real life problems to one-note characters with »
- Jay Anderson
It looks to be that Family Guy is here to stay. After being cancelled twice, the animated sitcom is now currently in its thirteenth season and is an integral part of Fox’s Sunday night lineup. This season even started with a very awesome crossover episode with The Simpsons that featured an epic fight between show patriarch’s Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson. So what is next for the comedy? Sopranos‘ alum Tony Sirico will back, but will be not be reprising his role of Vinny the Dog. He will be playing a heightened version of himself in a live sequence. We at TV Overmind were thinking. What if Seth MacFarlane decided to have an completely live action episode. What a great idea, right? We decided to help MacFarlane out and cast the episode for him. You will see a lot of big names on the list, but we have »
- Tim Gerstenberger
Strictly Come Dancing bounced back to top the ratings on Sunday evening, according to overnight figures.
The BBC One talent show gained around 600,000 viewers from last week, climbing to an average 9.11 million viewers (38.8%) at 7.15pm.
On ITV, The X Factor dropped around 500k viewers, falling to 7.95m (33.6%) at 8pm, with an added 251k (1.0%) on +1. ITV2's Xtra Factor entertained 643k (2.6%) at 9pm (126k/0.8% on +1).
Downton Abbey gained back over 100k from last week, with 7.48m (30.6%) tuning in at 9pm (413k/2.5%). Earlier, Sunday Night at the Palladium attracted 3.35m (15.0%) at 7pm (205k/0.8%).
Earlier on BBC One, Countryfile appealed to 6.05m (30.7%) at 6.15pm, while Antiques Roadshow brought in 5.42m (21.9%) at 8pm. Our Girl continued with 3.73m (15.1%) at 9pm, and Match of the Day 2 scored 2.35m (19.2%) at 10.35pm.
BBC Two's Human Universe was seen by 1.12m (4.9%) at 7pm, followed by Wonders of the Monsoon with 1.54m (6.2%) at 8pm and Sacred Rivers with 1.78m (7.2%) at 9pm. »
It looks like there will be a little less “Mulaney” than originally planned.
Fox has cut the new comedy from 16 episodes to 13. The call came as the series wrapped production on its 13th episode, before it started its 14th.
A rep for the Lorne Michaels-produced show clarified that “Mulaney” will stay in its Sunday timeslot at 9:30 p.m., where it follows “Family Guy.” Fox ordered the series to six episodes a year ago, adding 10 more episodes in May.
“Mulaney” got off to a slow start in its premiere, garnering 2.3 million viewers overall and a 1.0 in the 18-to-49 demographic, and was mostly panned by critics. Its second episode, however, saw a 10% improvement in the ratings. Only two episodes have aired thus far.
Fox still has a few half-hour series waiting to debut, including Will Forte comedy “Last Man on Earth,” animated “Bordertown” and “Weird Loners.”
- Alex Stedman
That wasn’t really William Shatner in “I Never Met the Dead Man” – it was Seth MacFarlane. And it wasn’t Marlee Matlin trying to use MoviePhone, it was Alex Borstein (though the real Matlin later did show up on the series). But all that means is that when the show does bring a famous name in (Adam West, Patrick Stewart and James Woods are standouts) we get something really special.
There are a couple of names you won’t find on this list, notably Norm MacDonald (Death) and Will Ferrell (the Black Knight), as they were playing roles, not making cameos. Maybe that’s an article for another day.
- Jay Anderson
Mulaney isn't getting the 16-episode treatment. With Fox's overall ratings continuing to decline this Fall, the network has decided to reduce its order of the show to 13 episodes. The good news for fans: for now, Mulaney will continue airing after Family Guy at 9:30 p.m. on Sundays. Despite its striking similarities to NBC's classic Seinfeld, the Lorne Michaels-produced show starring former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney and Martin Short hasn't been a hit with critics and audiences. Should the show get the ax midseason, Fox has three other shows - The Last Man on Earth, Bordertown, and Weird Loners - ready to fill its spot. Are you bummed about the news? »
Mulaney's season is being shaved. Fox executives have cut the Lorne Michaels-produced comedy's 16-episode order to 13, though the network intends to keep the series on the air in an attempt to build its audience. It will remain in its regular Sunday night time period, where it currently follows Family Guy. The move comes as the network's new bosses, chairman Dana Walden and Gary Newman along with entertainment president David Madden, attempt to figure out how to turn around the network, which has seen its ratings dip still more this fall. With 13 episodes of Mulaney already completed, the
- Lacey Rose
Update: The list has been amended to include the three segments from "Treehouse of Horror Xxv." That's right: In honor of The Simpsons' 25th (!) annual Halloween special, EW didn't just rank the top 25 "Treehouse of Horror" segments. We took things a step further by ranking every single "Treehouse" segment ever seen on the show—and you'll find entries 72 through 26 in the list below. Even when longtime fans sniff that The Simpsons' Golden Age is long past, they can agree that late-period Simpsons Halloween shows still pack a punch. Why? Because "Treehouse" segments give the series' writers a break »
- Hillary Busis
Gogglebox: Celebrity Special played to an audience of 3.72 million (16.5%) on Friday evening (October 18).
Average viewing figures rose to 2.28 million (10.4%) between 8.30 and 9.15pm, before the end of the Gogglebox: Celebrity Special.
Over on ITV, the second episode of drama series Lewis was the evening's highest-rated show excluding soaps, playing to an average audience of 4.54 million (20.5%) at 9pm.
2.87 million (13.6%) watched Secrets from the Sky an hour earlier at 8pm.
Would I Lie to You? entertained 3.15 million (14.5%) at 8.30pm, while »
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