Fox has handed out renewal to three of best performing series.
At the network’s executive panel at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman announced that they had ordered a third season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and second seasons of both Gotham and Empire.
All three series have been ratings successes for the network, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine currently ranking as Fox’s number one live action comedy series. Empire is coming off of a strong launch, with the show’s second episode growing on its premiere to deliver 10.3 million viewers and a 4.0 18-49 rating. While Gotham has been averaging 10.6 million viewers and a 4.2 demo rating.
Noticeably absent from Fox’s renewal announcements were Bones and Sleepy Hollow, both of which had been renewed by this same point last year. Bones is largely expected to be back for at least one more season, but a renewal is being held up by negotiations with leads Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz – both of whose contracts are up this season.
As for Sleepy Hollow, Dana Walden and Gary Newman addressed the show’s ratings drop this season, placing the blame on more serialised storytelling in season two. That said, the duo said that they were “optimistic” of some creative changes, which would pave the way for a season three pick up.