FOX Renew/Cancel Week 17: Can ’Flatch’ Possibly Be Welcomed Back?


Predictions for 4/29/23

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Below are the latest renew/cancel predictions for the Fox network in the 2022-23 television season. The numbers listed in the table mark the Nielsen rating low, average, and high for each respective program in the Adults 18-49 demographic. The "Y2Y (year-to-year) Change" column denotes how much the series has risen or fallen when compared to its average from the previous season. Since the last update, '9-1-1: Lone Star', Accused', 'Family Guy', and 'Bob's Burgers' have all declined to new lows. 

Welcome To Flatch: Fox's treatment of 'Welcome To Flatch' has truly been a sight to see this year. Though it wrapped up its season over two months ago, the network decided to air reruns of the series on both April 13th (0.12) and April the 20th (0.12). While these encores did not perform much worse than first-run episodes, it is very confusing why the network is deciding to air 'Flatch' repeats in a timeslot that still belongs to 'Call Me Kat'. 'Welcome To Flatch' is a disastrous performer in the Adults 18-49 demographic and was even given a smaller episode order this season when compared to season one's 14-installment package. Providing a sitcom with only 13 episodes during the sophomore year is never a good sign, especially since 'Kat' nabbed a full order of 22. Sitcoms traditionally receive a larger episode count in year two if they are meeting the network's expectations. Being capped at 13 spells doom in most cases. 'The Resident', a series that Fox recently canceled, also had a short, 13-episode order and ended its season around the same time as 'Flatch' did. On the other hand, this show is getting its reruns promoted in commercials and went from being a 9:30 p.m. afterthought to a 9 p.m. centerpiece. 'Flatch' is Likely to be Canceled due to the data provided, but Fox clearly sees something in it that may not be visible to the naked eye. A renewal is not out of the question here, even if it does seem to be on the wrong side of the bubble. 

Accused: 'Accused' may have been Renewed for a second season but the anthology drama only continues to sink further into the abyss. The 0.18 rating it posted on April the 25th was 50% below its '9-1-1: Lone Star' lead-in (0.36) and made it the lowest-rated, non-CW show of the night. And even the CW's lineup (0.12/0.11) was not too far behind 'Accused' on that particular evening. 'Accused' is set to return for the 2023-24 television season, but its future beyond that is very uncertain. Going from a 0.45 rating to a 0.18 in a matter of three months is rejection of insane proportions. 

Bob's Burgers: While there is no reason to worry about the fate of 'Bob's Burgers', its recent performance in the Adults 18-49 demographic leaves much to be desired. 'Bob's' was granted a special 8 p.m. showing on April 16th and ended up plummeting to a new series low (0.21). While that can be explained away a bit, what cannot be excused is the fact that the series dropped from its 'Great North' lead-in (0.25) by two-hundredths on April 23rd. The 0.23 that 'Bob's' garnered that evening made it the lowest-rated show in the animation lineup. 'Bob's' often outrated 'The Simpsons' in years past, so the fact that it is losing to a weak link like 'The Great North' is beyond appalling. This animated comedy has already been Renewed for two additional seasons, but its value to the network appears to be fading.

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