We Give FOX its Mid-Season Report Card

THE GOOD: Afters years of being shuffled around the schedule, BONES has settled nicely into its Wednesday night time-slot to become one of the evening’s highest rated shows. After shifting the focus to Walter (our new favorite mad scientist), FRINGE survived a shaky start to their season to finish off the year strongly. While THE SIMPSONS and FAMILY GUY continue to provide for consistent laughter on Sundays.

THE BAD: Unfortunately, the laughter stops after FAMILY GUY. I mean literally, we really don’t find AMERICAN DAD the least bit funny (and lord knows we’ve given it a fair shot!). Stellar seasons from both TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES and PRISON BREAK have gotten buried under what has become the most competitive night of the week. Viewers not surprisingly checked out of the Jerry O’Connell hotel ‘laugher’ DO NOT DISTURB. And quick, we challenge you to name one show on FOX that you watch between Thursday and Saturday.

THE FUTURE: Looks about as unstoppable as Shirley Manson’s Catherine Weaver, as FOX gets ready to unleash its perennial midseason juggernaut AMERICAN IDOL on to a salivating public. A show that not only still owns the highly coveted 18-49 demographic, but more importantly serves as a launching pad to promote exciting mid-season entires like the return of 24, Joss Whedon’s DOLLHOUSE and the Tim Roth vehicle, LIE TO ME. All that plus fans will finally have a reason to turn to FOX between Thursday and Saturday with BONES moving to Thursday night at 8PM and Friday night culminating in a nerd orgasm for SciFi fans with TERMINATOR at 8PM, DOLLHOUSE at 9PM and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA at 10PM (on SciFi, Space in Canada)


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  • Lee Ann

    What’s the grade? You forgot to mention it.

  • Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • Hil

    I am happy with Bones, Fringe, and T:SCC this year. I can’t think of any other FOX shows I watch though.

    I am a little worried about Terminator on Friday night, especially if they don’t take time shifting into account when they look at the ratings. I like the show but I can’t be home every Friday night. It can’t be much worse than going up against Chuck in its current time slot though. Splitting the Firefly audience was a big mistake.

  • Nick.C.

    i have grown to like AMERICAN DAD but i feel im alone on that one.Any word where and when Cleveland will fit into the schedule?
    The best thing about The Xfiles,er um i mean Fringe is definitely Walter and his sons relationship. John Noble gets to play one of the more original characters on tv and Joshua Jackson rules!Anna Torv is boring as hell though.

  • Nick C.

    Unfortunately we’re going to have to wait for the Fall for the CLEVELAND SHOW.

  • Josh Emerson

    B+? Really? I barely ever watch Fox. The Simpsons and Family Guy are it for the fall. Then I’ll also watch Idol when it returns.

    I have a feeling you won’t be giving the highest grade to the network that I would. :p

  • Wot? Not a word about House?

  • I don’t know if it’s fair for me to judge an entire network based on just the three Fox shows I watch, but I totally agree with the B+.

    Individually, I’d give House an A-, Sarah Connor a B+, and Prison Break a B. I would grade Fringe down to a C+, but that’s mostly a penalty for not holding my interest enough in a crowded TV schedule when I’m trying to reduce my hours in front of the TV (still unlikely thanks to West Wing reruns on Bravo). If I had had more time for Fringe, I would have continued to watch it and may have come to appreciate it.