Fox Renew/Cancel #7: ’Bless the Harts’ Has Run Out of Luck

Predictions for 2/28/21

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Below are the latest renew/cancel predictions for the Fox network and the respective A18-49 rating averages for the listed programs. Expect the animated comedies to continue sinking lower in the chart as they no longer have the assistance of large NFL lead-ins. 

Bless the Harts: Once the favorite kid in the Fox cartoon family, 'Bless the Harts' has quickly become the forgotten stepchild of the animation block. From the massive timeslot downgrade to being omitted from promotional tweets, it appears that the network is all but saying that they have given up on the series. On top of that, 'Harts' did absolutely nothing to make a case for renewal during its first episode of 2021, returning with a pitiful 0.25 rating in its new slot and posting its lowest rating ever. With 'The Great North' retaining more of the 'Simpsons' audience than 'Harts' ever did and animated sitcom 'Housebroken' waiting in the wings to debut, there seems to be no incentive to keep 'Bless the Harts' around. Fox nurtured the series as much as they could, but it simply never reached expectations in the ratings department. Status: LIKELY CANCEL

Call Me Kat: Following the initial burst of momentum, 'Call Me Kat' has settled at a level that is...just okay. The past four episodes have delivered an incredibly mediocre 0.5 rating, with the latest two posting identical 0.49s. Although that is on-par with what 'The Simpsons', 'Bob's Burgers', and 'Family Guy' are managing, those programs are significantly older and make money for the network through other means (i.e. syndication). 4 more episodes of 'Kat' remain until its season ends, and it will have the luxury of not airing into the deep spring months (April & May) where ratings for most shows decline dramatically. If it continues to hold steady at a 0.5 rating or builds itself back up to the 0.6-0.7 range than a renewal should be in the cards. A cancellation is not beyond the realm of possibility, but a renewal still seems a bit more likely. Status: LIKELY RENEWAL

The Resident & Prodigal Son: Although it continues to trail its year-ago performance, 'The Resident' has stayed fairly stable this season. Most recently, the medical drama posted a sturdy 0.59 rating on February 16th, marking its strongest number since January 26th. As a result, 'Resident' continues to be a LIKELY RENEWAL. On the other hand, the future for 'Prodigal Son' looks particularly bleak. It is currently down 40% from last year and seems to be hitting a new series low every week. In addition, the measly 0.38 rating it garnered for its latest outing only makes the drama's chances of returning slimmer. This struggling sophomore remains in the LIKELY CANCEL category.  

The Great North: After two previews and an unexpected preemption, 'The Great North' made its official debut on February 21st, posting a lackluster 0.43 rating and falling below the three toons surrounding it. At the same time, it was able to retain 88% of its 'Simpsons' lead-in (0.49) which is more than what 'Bless the Harts' or 'Duncanville' normally would. If this does end up being the peak for 'Great North' than the entire animation block is in for a rough spring. But, Fox has already committed to a second season for 'North', so its performance will not affect its fate for the time being. Status: RENEWED

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