One day after Fox had an opportunity to celebrate the ratings success of “Sleepy Hollow,” they may be doing a little bit of a muted celebration for a pair of their other new series.
The thing about the premiere of “Dads,” for example, is that it drew a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic for a pilot that simply was not very good. Were the ratings to stay there all fall, we would suspect that the show would be renewed easily. Unfortunately, the premieres of “The Voice” and “NCIS” next week are sure to cause it to drop, possibly even as low as to a 1.4 or 1.5. Don’t be surprised if this is an early casualty of the schedule.
Another thing we would not be surprised about? Seeing “The Mindy Project” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” swapped by the end of the fall. The Andy Samberg show drew a respectable 2.5 in its premiere, but it is likely to be hurt badly be the same shows as “Dads” despite it being hilarious. Meanwhile, Mindy Kaling’s show drew a 1.9, despite having the best comedy lead-in on the night in “New Girl.” To be fair, “The Mindy Project” premiere has been online for about a week now, with Fox once again proving that they are trying really hard to make this show happen. We know that there is synergy with “New Girl,” but “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” may have more long-term potential.
Tonight, the major test in the ratings is going to come courtesy of the premiere of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water,” which has been panned by many fans prior to the show even premiering. Fox, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to see if “The X Factor” tanks now that it is up against competition.