Fox Pulling ‘Utopia’ Off Tuesday As ‘MasterChef Junior’ Takes Slot in November

Fox is pulling struggling new reality show “Utopia” — which had been airing twice a week — off its Tuesday schedule, and will replace it in November with “MasterChef Junior.”

Last night’s airing of “Utopia” averaged a 0.8 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 and about 2 million viewers, according to Nielsen — its fourth straight weak performance in the high-profile Tuesday 8 p.m. hour, which leads into comedies “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project.” The “social experiment” series will continue to air on Fridays at 8.

This is a timeslot upgrade for “MasterChef Junior,” which was a solid performer in its first edition on Fridays last fall — averaging a 2.1/8 in 18-49 and 5.6 million total viewers in “live plus-7” averages. It had been scheduled to debut on Friday, Nov. 7, but will now kick off its second season on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Prior to the debut of “MasterChef Junior,” Fox will plug its Tuesday 8 p.m. hole with encores of the one-hour season premiere of “Family Guy” (the crossover episode with “The Simpsons”) on Oct. 7, and then encores of the season premieres of “The Simpsons” and “Bob’s Burgers” on Oct. 14. The World Series is scheduled to air on Fox the last two Tuesdays of the month.

Fox had originally planned for “Utopia” to air for six weeks on both Tuesday and Friday, before moving to a Tuesday-only schedule. So, the sked change means that its lone night will now be on the lighter-watched Friday.

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