Freshman Fox dramas Gotham and Empire and sophomore comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine have received early renewals for next season. Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman made the announcement at the top of the network’s TCA presentation today. Veteran Bones also looks good to come back, contingent on closing new deals with stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, Walden said. Sleepy Hollow, which received an early renewal last season, is still TBD, with the network executives acknowledging concerns over the series becoming overly serialized in Season 2 and efforts to “return the fun to it a little bit”.
Gotham and Empire are among the breakout new series this season, along with ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, CBS’ Scorpion and the CW’s The Flash.
Averaging a 4.2 rating in Adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers, Gotham, from Warner Bros. TV, is the season’s No. 1 broadcast drama overall among Men 18-49 and Men 18-34. Its premiere drew a 6.0 among Adults 18-49 to become Fox’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years.
Gotham’s performance was recently eclipsed by the flashy debut of Fox’s midseason drama Empire, which tied HTGAWM as the highest rated new series debut this season in Live+SD (3.8). The black family saga rose to a 4.0 L+SD rating in Week 2. For the series, from 20th Century TV, the renewal came only two episodes into its freshman run.
Fox spread the wealth, with the third renewal going to Universal TV for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The series grew +17% year-to-year in its new Sunday slot. Season-to-date, the Golden Globe-winning comedy is averaging a 2.7 in 18-49.