It seems like Fox’s idea for a Tuesday night comedy block helped the network more than hurting it since Fox has made the announcement that three of its core comedies, Glee, Raising Hope, and freshman hit New Girl will be returning for the 2012-2013 season.
Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl premiered in the fall as Fox’s highest rated new comedy in years, attracting over 11 million viewers in the first couple of weeks after its premiere. Even though numbers haven’t been as steady as they were in the fall, New Girl still continues to attract big numbers in the important 18-49 demo.
Raising Hope has proved to be a solid performer for Fox over the past two seasons. Hope solidified its staying power on Fox this spring after being relocated from the post-New Girl slot, to Tuesdays at 8p.m. Raising Hope continued to pull the same number of viewers without any lead-in, proving to Fox executives that this offbeat family comedy really does have an audience.
It’s been obvious that Fox would renew Glee this season, despite its slight drop in the ratings, so this announcement isn’t really a surprise, just reassuring to all its fans.
These renewals will bring New Girl into its second season, Raising Hope into its third season, and Glee into its fourth season. These three comedies will be joining Bones as the only Fox series that currently have definite spots on next seasons schedule.
There is no word on Fox’s other Tuesday night comedy Breaking In, however, its sure to get the ax come May thanks to its low ratings.