It’s the end of the road for Fox‘s freshman comedy Ben And Kate, at least for the foreseeable future. Like with The Mob Doctor, Fox is not saying that the comedy has been cancelled, just pulled from the schedule indefinitely, which basically means cancelled. The series is currently filming Episode 15 of its 19-episode order, which it will complete. After a long ratings struggle, Fox also is ending the two-hour Tuesday comedy block, at least for now. On March 12, reality staple Hell’s Kitchen will take over the Tuesday 8 PM hour, leading to New Girl and The Mindy Project. The network brass hope the move will give the two comedies a boost the way Glee helped New Girl and Raising Hope last season.

Speaking of Raising Hope, starting next Tuesday, Fox will double pump originals of the comedy in the 8 PM hour until Hell’s Kitchen arrives in March. Raising Hope will wrap its third season with an hourlong finale behind American Idol on March 28. In light of the pending departure of creator/showrunner Greg Garcia, who has two pilots in contention at CBS, the show’s long-term prospects are unclear, though the blue-collar comedy has been consistently funny and a solid ratings performer. With the double runs and hourlong finale, Raising Hope still will have two leftover episodes from its supersized 24-episode order whose future is TBD. (They may be rolled over to next season if the comedy is renewed.)

Launching to mostly positive reviews, Ben And Kate has been the weakest link in Fox’s new two-hour Tuesday comedy block, regularly drawing the lowest ratings. Last night, it averaged a 1.2/3 in adults 18-49, which was actually up 9% from last week. Its lead-in retention, 71%, actually mirrors that of fellow freshman The Mindy Project, which has been propped up by a stronger lead-in from New Girl, posting a 1.5/4 last night at 9:30 PM. Ben And Kate has undergone major changes in front and behind the camera since the pilot stage. Dakota Johnson replaced original lead Abby Elliott before the pilot was shot. Then last fall, during production on the series, the comedy changed showrunners, with John Quaintance and David Feeney replacing Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman as co-showrunners alongside creator/executive producer Dana Fox. Here are Fox’s scheduling changes in detail:

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Tuesday, Jan. 29

8:00-9:00 PM              RAISING HOPE (Special One-Hour Episode)

9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT

 

Tuesday, Feb. 5

8:00-9:00 PM              RAISING HOPE (Special One-Hour Episode)

9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT

 

Tuesday, Feb. 12

8:00-8:30 PM              RAISING HOPE (encore)

8:30-9:00 PM              NEW GIRL (encore)

9:00-10:30 PM            STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

 

Tuesday, Feb. 19

8:00-8:30 PM              RAISING HOPE

8:30-9:00 PM              NEW GIRL (encore)

9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT

 

Tuesday, Feb. 26

8:00-9:00 PM              RAISING HOPE (Special One-Hour Episode)

9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT

 

Tuesday, March 5

8:00-10:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Live Episode; Special Night)

 

Tuesdays, beginning March 12

8:00-9:00 PM              HELL’S KITCHEN (Season Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT

 

Thursday, March 28

8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL (Live Results Show)

9:00-10:00 PM            RAISING HOPE (One-Hour Season Finale)