Fox has announced this morning a major overhaul to its schedule, due in no small part to combatting the sliding ratings they have seen across the board.
Sunday nights will continue to be anchored by The Simpsons and Family Guy, but will be joined by Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the new comedy Mulaney. This is a major shift for the network, which has run all-animated shows on Sunday nights since 2007 and will now break from this time-honored tradition.
Monday nights will be all about Batman, as Gotham will hold it down with Sleepy Hollow in primetime, and a new drama called Red Band Society starring Octavia Spencer will run on Wednesdays.
The reality show Utopia will likely be airing on Tuesdays and Fridays, with Bones and newcomer Gracepoint showing on Thursday night.
It’s a lot of change to take in, but it was necessary given that Fox had a lot of time to fill after the cancellation of The X-Factor. While some new shows will invariably miss, the strategy of pairing up old mainstays with new programs may be enough to give them the ratings shot in the arm they so desperately seek.