FOX Renew/Cancel Week 13: Will Family Guy Survive The Move To Wednesday?


December 23rd Predictions 

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Below are the Week 13 renew/cancel predictions for the Fox network in the 2023-24 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. Because of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, there is a limited amount of scripted programming this fall. As a result, reality television will now be included in this column.

Family Guy: On December 17th, Family Guy aired what might have been its last original on a Sunday night. The long-running sitcom finished the fall season on a high note by growing to a 0.43 rating with the help of an indirect football boost. Though reruns of the Seth MacFarlane cartoon will still air on this evening in the coming weeks, Wednesday night will serve as its new home for the foreseeable future. Given that Family Guy is not returning until March 6th and will have a middling performer like Animal Control for a lead-in, the Fox animation staple is in for a tough time. Family Guy will be lucky to stay above its 0.23 series low in the spring, and it's hard to blame it when Fox abruptly decided to change what night it airs on. 

Krapopolis: Another week, another undeserved football boost. Krapopolis got its fourth chance to air in the 8 p.m. time slot on a night with direct NFL assistance, but it only managed a 0.82 rating this time around. This serves as the comedy's weakest 8 p.m. showing yet and will probably be the last time it gets this type of support during the 2023-24 television season. All the football juice pumped into it has helped the series soar all the way to a 0.61 average in the Adults 18-49 demographic, putting it in a virtual tie with The Simpsons. That number is sure to drop significantly when the spring episodes come into the picture, but Fox has genuinely done all it can to help this series out. Fans of the show have no reason to blame the network when Krapopolis inevitably sinks in the spring months. 

The Masked Singer: The Masked Singer ended the fall season with a surge. The reality program climbed to a 0.51 rating for its December finale and was only 0.03 away from the season high it set on premiere night. This is quite an encouraging sign as The Masked Singer has otherwise been below the 0.40 mark for the two episodes that came before this one. If it can somehow stay at this level during the spring, it will be able to provide Animal Control and Family Guy with a sizable boost. What's more likely to happen, however, is that The Masked Singer will hover around a 0.4 rating, and Animal Control will find itself in the 0.20-0.22 range. Family Guy will probably do its best to build from there, but it's unlikely that it will go higher than a 0.3 during this stint. The spring 2024 lineup will probably mirror the Hell's Kitchen/Welcome to Flatch/Call Me Kat lineup of fall 2022 as the 9:30 show (Family Guy in this case) will slightly grow from the 9 p.m. series (Animal Control), all while the 9 p.m. sitcom sheds too much of the 8 p.m. reality program's rating (The Masked Singer in this case).

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