Forced by dwindling ratings across the board, Fox will shake up its schedule next season in the hopes of turning its fortunes around. To that end, the biggest announcement out of the Fox upfronts this week is that American Idol will end its run with one final season, beginning in January. The show, the highest rated show for much of the 2000s peaking at nearly 30 million viewers a week, has fallen on hard times, averaging closer to 9 million a week now. The show will go out with one final season — with the existing judges intact — that will also be a retrospective season, of sorts.
In other news, New Girl will be shelved until January, which will allow Fox to air it without repeats (it should also help the series schedule around Zooey Deschanel’s pregnancy). In its place on Tuesdays at 9, Fox will run its new Ryan Murphy series, Scream Queens, a horror-comedy anthology with Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Abigail Breslin, and Nasim Pedrad. Leading into Scream Queens will be Grandfathered and Grinder, two new sitcoms starring John Stamos and Rob Lowe, respectively.
Mondays will keep Gotham on at 8 p.m., followed by a television adaptation of Minority Report from Steven Spielberg. Empire has been expanded to 18 episodes next season, and will kick off in the fall in its regular timeslot on Wednesdays at 9, and will be preceded by a Morris Chestnut medical drama, Rosewood at 8 p.m.
Thursdays will see another season of Bones followed by Sleepy Hollow, while Sunday nights will remain the same: Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy and Last Man on Earth.
Finally, the X-Files reboot will launch in January with six new episodes over five weeks.