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Fox Shuffles ‘Second Chance,’ ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Time Slots

Fox is moving frosh drama “Second Chance” to Fridays after two low-rated airings in the post-“American Idol” slot on Wednesday. The enduring “Hell’s Kitchen” will fill the void on Wednesdays as of next week.

The Frankenstein-inspired “Second Chance” had little traction despite a decent lead-in from “Idol.” Fox emphasized that the hope is the show will be more compatible on Friday with fantasy drama “Sleepy Hollow,” which returns for the second half of its third season in the 8 p.m. Friday berth as of Feb. 5.

Next week, “Second Chance” will open behind the finale of another cooking competition series, “MasterChef Jr.” Meanwhile, Fox is counting on “Hell’s Kitchen” to do a better job of hanging on to the “Idol” audience.

In its second outing, “Second Chance” mustered a mere 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.75 million viewers overall, fumbling more than half of its first-place “American Idol” lead-in (2.4 in 18-49, 9.2 million).

Nonetheless, Fox stressed that the show was not being written off and would remain in production. The drama stars Rob Kazinsky as a corrupt former L.A. sheriff who is killed at the age of 75 but brought back to life through the efforts of twin tech geniuses who run a social networking empire. Rand Ravich, Donald Todd and Howard Gordon are among the exec producers for 20th Century Fox TV.

“Hell’s Kitchen” launched its 15th cycle on Fox on Jan. 15. The show is among the network’s most durable — and portable — franchises, having aired in slots all over the schedule since its 2005 debut on Fox.

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