Fox has handed out early renewals to four of its current series: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, The Mindy Project and The Following.
All four will feature on the network’s 2014-2015 schedule with Brooklyn Nine-Nine returning for a second season, New Girl for a fourth season, and The Mindy Project & The Following for their third seasons.
“These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars, and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company, and Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer for Fox Broadcasting Company. “All four are core assets within our 2014-15 portfolio of content, and we’re really happy to bring them back to our FOX fans for another season.”
The early renewals of all four shows is a strong signal of confidence from Fox brass. Despite having a Golden Globe winner (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) in the pack, all four series have been struggling to find an audience and are by no means hits with strong ratings. This past week alone Brooklyn Nine-Nine averaged 2.6 million viewers and a 1.3 A18-49 rating, New Girl did 2.9 million viewers and The Following, which has seen significant ratings losses this season compared to last, averaged 5.2 million viewers and a 1.6 A18-49 rating. While The Mindy Project is currently on hiatus and does not return until April 1st
With the pick ups Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, The Mindy Project and The Following are the latest of Fox’s series to earn pick up for next season; joining the previously renewed Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Glee, The Simpsons and Sleepy Hollow. Also set to feature on Fox’s schedule next season is Backstrom, Bordertown, Mulaney and Hieroglyph. As Fox is moving forward with its new development cycle, further renewal and pick up decisions are expected to be made in May, but Gotham is considered a lock for a series order.