In what should be no shock to those who pay attention to audiences, Fox has cancelled "Breaking In" and "I Hate My Teenage Daughter." But what might be more of a black eye for the network, the show had to cancel yet another high-profile series, "Alcatraz," and a spinoff from its popular "Bones," "The Finder."
It was all part of a small bloodbath Fox has unleashed the past couple days. And after what might be unexpected renewals of shows like the low-rated "Fringe" and "Raising Hope," at least these choices fall more in line of what's expected of networks when shows don't perform as they're supposed to in the ratings.
"Breaking In" had received another chance from Fox, only to squander it. The show returned to a 1.9 rating/3 share in Fast National average overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co. That tied it with "Fringe" through the end of April, but unlike "Fringe," had the biggest audience drop year-over-year of any network show.
"Breaking In," starring Christian Slater and Brett Harrison, lost nearly 54 percent of its audience in five episodes on Tuesdays before Fox pulled it from the schedule. It had lost 37 percent of the audience "Raising Hope" was pulling in at the time slot, and was down 39 percent in the time slot from the year before.
"Teenage Daughter," starring Jaime Pressley and Katie Finneran, never got off to a good start. The show began as a lead-out to "Mobbed" on Wednesdays, earning a 3.5/6, but moved to Tuesdays in March where it averaged only a 2.1/3, losing 16 percent of an already small lead-in audience from "Raising Hope" on average.
"Teenage Daughter" ended up tying "Raising Hope" in its overall average, finishing No. 15 among Fox shows, but was No. 35 among new shows and No. 84 overall through the end of April.
"The Finder" was meant to be a show that could pull in "Bones" numbers and maintain a strong Thursday presence for Fox. Instead, it averaged a 4.2/6 on Thursdays, 25 percent lower than what "Bones" was doing -- and it had "American Idol" as a lead-in. In fact, "Finder" was losing 57 percent of its lead-in, and ratings only went downhill once Fox banished it to Fridays in April.
There "Finder" averaged a 2.4/5, matching the timeslot from the year before and actually beating out "Kitchen Nightmares" that previously aired there, but it did little to help boost its lead-out show, "Fringe," which maintained a 1.9/3 consistently for seven weeks between February and late April. "Fringe" experienced a bit of a boost in its past two weeks, but some of that might be related to some publicity surrounding the season finale (and its recent renewal).
"Alcatraz" had a lot of star power behind it, including the executive producing credit of J.J. Abrams, but struggled to maintain an audience, even falling to a 2.9 household share for a rather largely hyped season finale. You can find more about that show's cancellation and the renewal of "Touch" by visiting our sister site, Airlock Alpha.
Fox has picked up some new shows for the fall. Mindy Kaling, who played Kelly Kapoor in more than 150 episodes of "The Office," will apparently be leaving the NBC show to take on her own sitcom for Fox. All she needs now is a title.
Joining it are two other comedies, these internally produced shows for Fox, including "Ben & Kate" and "The Goodwin Games," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Ben & Kate" stars Nat Faxon, the writer of the Oscar-nominated film "The Descendants," who moves in with his sister to help care for her baby. The series also stars Dakota Johnson, Lucy Punch, Maggie Jones and Echo Kellum.
"Goodwin Games" stars Becki Newton, Scott Foley and Jake Lacy as three siblings who inherit a fortune -- but only as long as they follow some unusual rules by their late father, who left the estate.
Fox is currently in third among the major networks this year with a 4.6/7 behind CBS (7.4/12) and ABC (5.6/9). The network suffered a decline from all of its returning shows this year, and nearly all of them double-digit losses except for "The Simpsons" (down 6.2 percent), "American Dad" (down 0.4 percent) and "Kitchen Nightmares" (down 3.8 percent).
Fox had already decided the fate of a number of shows, renewing 10 and canceling three. Of the remaining shows, Inside Blip predicted wrongly that "The Finder" was a "Safe Bet" (in our defense, this story came out ahead of its move to Fridays), but was also wrong about "Alcatraz," too. We had already declared "Breaking In" and "Teenage Daughter" as "Goners."
"American Idol," which had spent years at No. 1, has fallen to No. 3 through the end of April after losing nearly 21 percent of its audience.
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