The network, which endured steep declines in overall viewers and in the coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic, said it will premiere 12 new shows next season. Only two of the shows it launched this season -- the comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and the drama "Sleepy Hollow" -- made it to next fall.
Gone are freshman comedies "Dads," "Enlisted" and "Surviving Jack," and dramas
"This past one was a tough one for us," said Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly. According to Nielsen, not including sports, Fox's prime-time lineup averaged about 5.9 million viewers. viewers. Last season Fox averaged 6.7 million viewers.
New shows weren't Fox's only problem this season. The juggernaut
The number of hours allotted for "American Idol" will be scaled back dramatically next season, to 37 from more than 50 this season. Reilly said he is optimistic that
But the days of "American Idol" dominating the ratings are over, Reilly said.
"'Idol' is not going to come back as the ratings champion it once was," Reilly said. But the network isn't ready to throw in the towel. Reilly said it can be a "potent" show "for many years to come."
The network's new programs include "Gotham," a prequel of sorts to
"This is sure to be this season's biggest and noisiest hit," Reilly predicted.
Fox's other big fall drama bet is "Red Band Society," a quirky drama about high school kids living in a pediatric ward of a hospital. Oscar winner
Fox will also try its luck with "Gracepoint, a remake of the British hit "Broadchurch" about the murder of a child and the effect it has on a small California town. Called an event series by the network, "Gracepoint" will run for 10 weeks in the fall at 9 p.m. on Thursdays, following the veteran crime drama "Bones." It stars
The network's other big move is relocating "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," a low-rated critical darling, from Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. to Sunday at 8:30 p.m. where it will have a strong lead-in from
For Fox, this marks the first time in several years it is attempting live-action comedies on Sunday night, which previously has been all animation.
On the reality front, Fox will try its own version of the long-running
Reilly said "Utopia" is a "very big bet" and the most compelling unscripted show in "quite some time."
Fox also announced several shows for the spring, including the drama "Empire" and the comedy "The Last Man on Earth."
"Empire" stars Terrence Howard as the head of a powerful music label whose biggest threat may be his own family.