Fox Renew/Cancel #3: ’The Cleaning Lady’ Will Stay On the Payroll

Fox Renew/Cancel #3: ’The Cleaning Lady’ Will Stay On the Payroll
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Predictions for 1/17/22

Below are the latest renew/cancel predictions for the Fox network in the 2021-22 television season. The numbers listed in the table are the ratings that these shows have garnered in the Adults 18-49 demographic. Four programs have entered the arena since the previous update. As always, only scripted programming will be taken into account in this column.
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The Cleaning Lady: After the rotten luck Fox had with new dramas in the fall of 2021, the 0.51 rating that 'The Cleaning Lady' posted for its series premiere served as a refreshing change of pace. Though not a massive hit by any means, this was markedly stronger than the starts of dramas 'Our Kind of People' (0.35) and 'The Big Leap' (0.29). A modest 10% dip in week two placed it at a rather serviceable 0.46, still well above even the highest ratings of the fall newbies. On average, 'Cleaning Lady' has retained a respectable 70% of its '9-1-1: Lone Star' lead-in and fell by a smaller amount than 'Lone Star' did during their second night airing together. While these mediocre ratings would place it as a tossup on a network with A and B-caliber freshman, this C-level performance looks like a godsend against Ds and Fs like 'Our Kind of People' and 'Big Leap'. Although unemployment may loom over her if ratings continue to trickle down, 'The Cleaning Lady' should be able to keep her job for another year. Status: LIKELY RENEWAL


Call Me Kat: Though the comedy's current average may seem promising, it's beginning to look like 'Call Me Kat' will have to close up shop. The sophomore sitcom actually started season two on solid footing, posting an NFL-boosted 1.22 rating that was on-par with the post-football delivery of 'The Simpsons'. If that were not encouraging enough, this rating was just 11% lower than its 2021 series debut (1.37). Things took a troubling for 'Kat' and friends when the series crumbled on Thursday night, garnering a horrific series low (0.30) and going nearly 60% behind its timeslot start from the previous year (0.68). Though there's still time for 'Kat' to change its fate, a collapse of this degree indicates that the Mayim Bialik vehicle will not be sticking around. Status: LIKELY CANCEL


Pivoting: This new sitcom will soon be 'Pivoting' to the exit as its ratings are pitiful enough that it currently sits near the bottom of the roster. Even when taking into account the fact that it lost over 50% of 'Call Me Kat' on premiere night, the 0.60 rating it debuted with was still somewhat workable. After that passable launch, it collapsed on Thursday evening and posted a pathetic 0.23 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic. Fox may not have much going for it in the sitcom department but they certainly will not renew the one with the lowest ratings of the pack. Status: LIKELY CANCEL


9-1-1: Lone Star: This drama began its third season with a strong 0.76 rating and then dropped to a still robust 0.65 for episode two. Although a clear step down from the 0.8-1.0 range it inhabited in season two, 'Lone Star' has proven that it can anchor an hour without the assistance of its parent series '9-1-1'. Since it remains one of the highest-rated programs on the Fox network, a renewal is all but guaranteed for this spinoff series. Status: CERTAIN RENEWAL


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Thursday TV Ratings 1/13/22: Disastrous Timeslot Debuts for Call Me Kat and Pivoting, Ghosts Slips from High, Young Sheldon Tops the Night (UPDATED)

Thursday TV Ratings 1/13/22: Disastrous Timeslot Debuts for Call Me Kat and Pivoting, Ghosts Slips from High, Young Sheldon Tops the Night (UPDATED)
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Ratings Analysis: Though football kept them afloat on premiere night, there was no saving Fox comedies 'Call Me Kat' (0.30, -0.92) and 'Pivoting' (0.23, -0.37) in their timeslot debuts. While a sharp decline was to be expected, the two sitcoms were down a dreadful 75% and 62% respectively from what they garnered just four days prior (1.22/0.60). In particular, 'Call Me Kat' fell behind every single rating it posted in season one. Airing before the comedy catastrophe, reality effort 'Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer' (0.35, -0.04) dropped by four-hundredths from its mediocre start. On CBS, sitcom anchors 'Young Sheldon' (0.73, -0.01) and 'Ghosts' (0.65, -0.05) dealt with some minor slippage, but 'United States of Al' (0.53, +0.03), 'B Positive' (0.49, +0.03), and 'Bull' (0.42, +0.04) all rose from their midseason returns. ABC miniseries 'Women of the Movement' (0.45, +0.02) gained two-hundredths in week two as docuseries 'Let the World See' (0.38, -0.02) fell by the same amount. NBC's 'The Blacklist' (0.40, -0.02) ticked down while 'Law & Order: SVU' (0.67, +0.05) and 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' (0.55, +0.04) picked up a few hundredths each. The CW's 'Walker' (0.11, -0.04) forfeited four-hundredths and led into a 'Legacies' encore (0.05).

Finals Update: 'Law & Order: SVU' (+0.1), 'Ghosts' (+0.1), 'Joe Millionaire' (+0.1), and 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' (+0.1) adjusted up.

United States of Al, Season 2 Episode 11 Review

United States of Al, Season 2 Episode 11 Review
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When Hazel (Farrah Mackenzie) decides to do a report on Al (Adhir Kalyan)  for school, a classmate insults her and Hazel punches him in the face. She's expelled from school. Riley (Parker Young) and Vanessa (Kelli Goss) disagree about how to punish Hazel. In fact, the two argue about whether Hazel was justified in punching out the other kid. The argument leads to an Al-led "intervention" where the entire family discusses the role of parenting, especially when the parents are separated.

This episode of USofAL fires on all cylinders. We are reminded of Al's history and refugee status. We get a taste of ignorance thanks to the classmate's insults. And we get the warm and fuzzies thanks to a sitcom returning to familiar territory - a disfunctional family comedy. The intervention was a great way to get the entire family cast members together, especially as past episodes had separate A and B storylines where the entire family rarely interacted.

There are times when episodes of USofAL still feel like it's getting its legs, but this particular episode was smart, insightful and, most importantly, funny.

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Harrison Cheung is the author of the award-winning biography of Christian Bale (BenBella Books) and a contributor to Brave New Hollywood and The TV Ratings Guide.

@harrisonic (Twitter)


Wednesday Cable Ratings 1/12/22: NBA Wins Another Night, All-Elite Wrestling: Dynamite Drops, Tucker Carlson Stays Atop Cable News

Wednesday Cable Ratings 1/12/22: NBA Wins Another Night, All-Elite Wrestling: Dynamite Drops, Tucker Carlson Stays Atop Cable News
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Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Wednesday, 1/12/22. Items of note include NBA on ESPN, All-Elite Wrestling on TBS, and Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News.

(Click the names of the shows written in teal or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

Off Topic - December & January 2021

2021 has nearly come to a close, and it's time for a new Off-Topic thread! Keep the conversation going in the comments on this Christmas-themed Off-Topic, and enjoy our Christmas playlist below:

Wednesday TV Ratings 1/12/22: ABC Comedies Rise, Good Sam Gets Uglier, The Amazing Race and Chicago Fire Also Dip (UPDATED)

Wednesday TV Ratings 1/12/22: ABC Comedies Rise, Good Sam Gets Uglier, The Amazing Race and Chicago Fire Also Dip (UPDATED)
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Ratings Analysis: ABC was on the rise throughout the night as 'The Goldbergs' (0.67, +0.08), 'The Wonder Years' (0.50, +0.06), 'The Conners' (0.56, +0.10), 'Home Economics' (0.38, +0.09), and 'The Chase' (0.33, +0.06) all grew by six-hundredths or more from their week-ago returns. In a similar vein, 'I Can See Your Voice' (0.47, +0.09) and 'Next Level Chef' (0.53, +0.07) improved significantly from their tepid starts on Fox. CBS was unable to match that trend as reality staple 'The Amazing Race' (0.49, -0.20) lost two-tenths from its solid premiere and fell behind its 'Price Is Right At Night' lead-in (0.61). At 10, drama 'Good Sam' (0.23, -0.08) dropped by eight-hundredths from a debut that was already lifeless. NBC's 'Chicago Med' (0.81, +0.06) gained six-hundredths and was able to top the evening altogether. At 9, 'Chicago Fire' (0.85, -0.01) shed a hundredth while 'Chicago PD' (0.73) held steady in the 10PM timeslot. The CW's 'Legends of Tomorrow' (0.11, +0.04) climbed to a season high for its first 2022 episode but 'Batwoman' (0.08, -0.01) ticked down at 9.
 
Finals Update: 'The Goldbergs' (+0.1), 'I Can See Your Voice' (+0.1), 'The Wonder Years' (+0.1), 'The Conners' (+0.1), and 'Chicago Fire' (+0.1) adjusted up.

Tuesday Cable Ratings 1/11/22: Wipeout Returns Down, The Kings of Napa Bombs, Curse of Oak Island Leads the Night

Tuesday Cable Ratings 1/11/22: Wipeout Returns Down, The Kings of Napa Bombs, Curse of Oak Island Leads the Night
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Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 1/4/22. Items of note include the season premiere of Wipeout on TBS, The Five on Fox News and WWE NXT on USA.

(Note: Click any show with its name in green or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Tuesday TV Ratings 1/11/22: Naomi Has Average CW Premiere, American Auto and Grand Crew Rise, Abbott Elementary Holds Steady (UPDATED)

Tuesday TV Ratings 1/11/22: Naomi Has Average CW Premiere, American Auto and Grand Crew Rise, Abbott Elementary Holds Steady (UPDATED)
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Ratings Analysis: Though it began on shaky ground last week, NBC's new comedy 'American Auto' (0.50, +0.11) picked up a tenth and jumped to its highest rating on record. If 'Auto' is able to stay at this level, it could potentially be one of the peacock network's strongest comedy offerings. At 8:30, sitcom 'Grand Crew' (0.38, +0.08) gained eight-hundredths but was a bit shy of hitting a new high. 'This Is Us' (0.94, -0.11) fell by a tenth from its season premiere, but 10PM drama 'New Amsterdam' (0.45, +0.08) rose by a noticeable amount after disappointing the week prior. On ABC, 'Judge Steve Harvey' (0.68, -0.05) and 'Abbott Elementary' (0.61, -0.03) dealt with minor declines but continued to deliver sturdy ratings. 'Black-ish' (0.41, -0.12) was hit much harder than those two while 'Queens' (0.26, -0.02) ticked down at 10. On CBS, 'FBI' (0.75, -0.01) and 'FBI: International' (0.55, -0.01) lost a hundredth apiece as 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.50, +0.03) increased by three-hundredths. Airing behind a rerun of '9-1-1: Lone Star' (0.25), Fox's 'Our Kind of People' (0.26, +0.04) was able to build from an anemic fall finale. In spite of that, the drama was still the lowest, non-CW original of the evening. On the CW front, the premiere of 'Superman & Lois' (0.23) more than doubled its August 2021 finale (0.11). New drama 'Naomi' (0.14) had a middling launch by the network's standards.

Finals Update: 'FBI' (+0.1), 'Judge Steve Harvey' (+0.1), 'FBI: International' (+0.1), 'Queens' (+0.1), and 'New Amsterdam' (+0.1) adjusted up.

Monday Cable Ratings 1/10/22: College Football Championship Soars Above 2021 Rating, Kids Baking Championship Ticks Down, The Five Leads Cable News

Monday Cable Ratings 1/10/22: College Football Championship Soars Above 2021 Rating, Kids Baking Championship Ticks Down, The Five Leads Cable News
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Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 1/10/22. Items of note include the College Football Championship on ESPN, Kids Baking Championship on Food, and Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News

(Note: Click any show with its name in yellow or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Sunday Cable Ratings 1/9/22: Euphoria and The Righteous Gemstones Sink in Returns, Dexter: New Blood Ends Near High, Yellowjackets Sets New High

Sunday Cable Ratings 1/9/22: Euphoria and The Righteous Gemstones Sink in Returns, Dexter: New Blood Ends Near High, Yellowjackets Sets New High
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Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 1/9/22. Items of note include the season premieres of Euphoria and The Righteous Gemstones on HBO and the season finale of Dexter: New Blood on Showtime.

(Note: Click any show with its name in orange to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Saturday Cable Ratings 1/8/22: The Wedding Veil Strong on Hallmark, NFL Easily Wins the Night, Judge Jeanine and Watters World Rise

Saturday Cable Ratings 1/8/22: The Wedding Veil Strong on Hallmark, NFL Easily Wins the Night, Judge Jeanine and Watters World Rise
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Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 1/8/2022. Items of note include NFL on ESPN, All-Elite Wrestling on TNT, and The Wedding Veil on Hallmark.

(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in red to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Station 19 Renewed for Season 6 by ABC

Station 19 Renewed for Season 6 by ABC
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Just a single day after its parent series was renewed, Station 19 has secured its own place on ABC's schedule next season. The firefighter drama has been a solid performer for ABC throughout its five seasons, and has drawn just about the same ratings as Grey's Anatomy this season, averaging 0.63 in the 18-49 demo, compared to the 0.64 for Grey's, with Station 19 boasting a higher total viewership figure than Grey's (4.56 million vs. 4.19 million for Grey's). Station 19 stars Jaina Lee Ortiz, Boris Kodjoe, Jason George, Grey Damon, Barrett Doss, and Danielle Savre, among others. This is a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide, which had labeled the show as the safest bet to return among ABC's crop of shows.

Monday TV Ratings 1/10/22: 9-1-1: Lone Star and The Bachelor Lose A Tenth, The Cleaning Lady Also Down, Kenan Inches Up (UPDATED)

Monday TV Ratings 1/10/22: 9-1-1: Lone Star and The Bachelor Lose A Tenth, The Cleaning Lady Also Down, Kenan Inches Up (UPDATED)
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Ratings Analysis: ABC's 'The Bachelor' (0.73, -0.11) dropped by a tenth from its week-ago premiere, but that rating was still enough to keep it at the top of the roster. At 10PM, a rerun of 'Judge Steve Harvey' (0.23) lost almost 70% its lead-in. On Fox, '9-1-1: Lone Star' (0.65, -0.11) suffered the same decline as 'Bachelor', but 'The Cleaning Lady' (0.46, -0.05) only fell by five-hundredths from its series debut. NBC's 'Kenan' (0.35, +0.01; 0.29, +0.03) had a minor uptick at both 8 and 8:30 but remained a rather puny player. 'That's My Jam' (0.41, +0.04) and 'Ordinary Joe' (0.23, +0.01) inched up in a similar fashion at 9 and 10PM respectively. CBS went with reruns of 'The Neighborhood' (0.44), 'Bob Hearts Abishola' (0.28), 'NCIS' (0.23), and 'NCIS: Hawai'i' (0.24). The CW had encores of 'All American' (0.10) and '4400' (0.08).

Finals Update: 'The Cleaning Lady' (+0.1), '9-1-1: Lone Star' (+0.1), and the 8 PM 'Kenan' (+0.1) adjusted up.

Friday Cable Ratings 1/7/22: RuPaul’s Drag Race Returns Up from Season 13 VH1 Premiere, NBA Dominates, The Five Leads Cable News

Friday Cable Ratings 1/7/22: RuPaul’s Drag Race Returns Up from Season 13 VH1 Premiere, NBA Dominates, The Five Leads Cable News
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Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 1/7/22. Items of note include the season premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race on VH1, NBA on ESPN, and The Five on Fox News.

(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in purple or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Grey’s Anatomy Renewed for Season 19

Grey’s Anatomy Renewed for Season 19
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One of ABC's top series will be back for another season, extending its historic run on the network. Grey's Anatomy has secured a nineteenth season on the Alphabet Network. The medical drama currently rates as the top scripted show on ABC this season, tied with Abbott Elementary, with a 0.64 average. That's a big 44% decline from its previous season, one of the biggest declines of any broadcast show this season. Despite that, the show remains a strong performer for ABC in delayed and multiplatform viewing, where it rates as one of the most popular broadcast series. Star Ellen Pompeo, who has spent years speculating on a potential end to the series, has signed a deal to return for the nineteenth season. Other stars of the series include James Pickens Jr, Chandra Wilson, Kevin McKidd, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington and Kelly McCreary. This is a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide.

Sunday TV Ratings 1/9/22: Pivoting Has Weak Start Behind Decent Call Me Kat Return, The Equalizer, Supermarket Sweep and The Rookie All See Gains (UPDATED)

Sunday TV Ratings 1/9/22: Pivoting Has Weak Start Behind Decent Call Me Kat Return, The Equalizer, Supermarket Sweep and The Rookie All See Gains (UPDATED)
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Ratings Analysis: Fox's 'Call Me Kat' (1.22) began its second season the same way as its first, airing on a Sunday night behind 'NFL Overrun' (4.61) and 'The OT' (3.05). 'Kat' was down a light 11% from its year-ago premiere (1.37), but its 'OT' lead-in was about 16% higher than it was in 2021 (2.62). While 'Kat' seemed fairly healthy on arrival, viewers quickly fled when new sitcom 'Pivoting' (0.60) debuted at 8:30. The freshman comedy lost more than 50% of the 'Kat' rating and was below every football-boosted 'Great North' episode from fall 2021. In the 9PM hour, 'Bob's Burgers' (0.50, -0.08) and 'Family Guy' (0.48, -0.07) were both down close to a tenth from their last installments. With the help of their own 'NFL Overrun' (3.36), '60 Minutes' (1.13, +0.58), 'The Equalizer' (0.68, +0.14) and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (0.52, +0.05) rose by varying degrees on CBS. The boost faded away by 10PM as drama 'SWAT' (0.42) was unable to rise and could only match what it garnered a week prior. ABC had no football help in sight but that didn't stop 'Celebrity Wheel of Fortune' (0.62, +0.11), 'Supermarket Sweep' (0.55, +0.14), and 'The Rookie' (0.40, +0.08) from surging to new season highs. Despite the impressive gains from 8-11, 'America's Funniest Home Videos' (0.49, -0.07) shed seven-hundredths in the 7PM timeslot. NBC's 'Chargers v. Raiders' NFL game (4.85) dipped by 3% from the week-ago 'Vikings v. Packers' match-up (5.00). At 7, 'Football Night in America' (1.70) lost five-tenths from its previous outing. 'Legends of the Hidden Temple' (0.04, -0.01) ticked down on the CW and was followed by a rerun of 'Superman & Lois' (0.02). 

Finals Update: 'NFL on Fox' (+1.8), 'NFL Overrun' on CBS (+0.8), 'America's Funniest Home Videos' (+0.1), 'Celebrity Wheel of Fortune' (+0.1), 'Supermarket Sweep' (+0.1), 'The Equalizer' (+0.1), 'NFL: Chargers v. Raiders' (+0.8), 'The OT' (+0.3), 'Call Me Kat' (+0.3), and 'Family Guy' (+0.1) adjusted up. '60 Minutes' (-0.2) adjusted down.