We’ve reached Day 4 of Adweek’s week-long fall TV preview, and today we’ll be looking at Fox, which hit rock bottom this time last year: four of its five fall 2014 shows flopped immediately, with only Gotham connecting with audiences. The network tumbled to fourth place last season among adults ages 18 to 49, though it got a huge midseason boost from Empire, which became one of the most successful new series in decades but only had 12 episodes.
Fox upped Empire's Season 2 order to 18 episodes and is making the show its fall centerpiece, which will give the network a big bump, no matter how its freshman series fare. But this fall's new crop boasts several shows with potential. Yes, there are a couple clunkers in the bunch, but more of Fox’s new shows work than don’t, which is a refreshing change for the network. However, quality might not be enough as Fox is gambling on an all-new Tuesday night (Grandfathered, The Grinder and Scream Queens), making it the only broadcast network to air more than two new shows on a single evening this fall.
As we've been saying all week, while a pilot isn’t always the best way to judge a show’s potential, it’s often the only episode that audiences watch before making a decision about whether to stick around or cut bait, especially with all the other new and returning shows fighting for attention. With that in mind, here are Fox’s fall shows, from least promising to most promising.