Fox Tweaks Schedule After Disappointing Start for New Comedy Series -- and It Doesn't Bode Well for a Veteran Show Deadline
Fox is making an adjustment to its prime-time schedule after the network boss expressed disappointment in the numbers for a new comedy series.
Deadline.com reports that Fox shifted the new military comedy “Enlisted” to a new time slot, swapping time periods with “Raising Hope.” "Enlisted" will air immediately after “Bones” on Friday at 9 p.m., with “Raising Hope” being pushed back by half an hour, airing at 9:30 p.m.
"At TCA last week, Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly admitted he was disappointed by the early ratings performance of new comedy 'Enlisted' but vowed to stick with the show for its 13-episode order and give it a shot," the story reports. "Now the network is giving the military comedy a better chance with a stronger lead-in by moving it to 9 p.m. where it will follow veteran 'Bones.'"
The moves take effect this Friday.
The report adds: "'Bones' has been consistently delivering a solid 1.5 or higher among adults 18-49 in the Friday 8 p.m. slot, half of which has been squandered by 'Raising Hope,' which most recently managed a 0.8 at 9 p.m., leading to 'Enlisted' (0.7). For 'Raising Hope,' the time-period downgrade is an ominous sign that the family comedy may end its run after four seasons."