Winter 2016 TCA recap: FOX and FX take the stage, dish on ‘Scream Queens,’ ratings, TV series counts

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FOX and FX took the stage at the winter 2016 Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 15 and 16, respectively. At the event, FOX announced that “Scream Queens” is coming back for a second season, “Empire” is coming back for a third season, and “Prison Break” and “24” are getting new episodes.

If you didn’t have time to stay up-to-date with everything said during those days, don’t worry — here are some highlights:

  • The audience for “Scream Queens” grew 62 percent beyond same-day ratings when DVR and video-on-demand (VOD) viewing was included. Each episode of “Scream Queens” averaged more than 7 million viewers when including ratings from online and VOD platforms. “These are fans who actively sought it out to watch on their own time,” said Fox TV Group Co-Chairman Gary Newman. “These are very meaningful audiences to us.” (The Wall Street Journal)
  • “The conversations (with advertisers) are improving quite a bit,” Gary said. “We’ve sold a substantial amount of our ad time on C7 (ratings basis). Delayed viewing is part of the contemporary experience.” (Variety)
  • “Counting TV shows is like counting lemmings,” FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said. “You can’t even count the number of TV shows accurately. Hoping they won’t run off a cliff and into an ocean.” He added that he thinks the number of original TV series in 2016 will rise from the adjusted count of 412 series in 2015, then decrease in 2017. (Deadline Hollywood)
  • “I’m starting to feel like the process of making television can be much more fluid,” John said. Production timetables and episode counts can “follow the voice, the timing, the schedule and the needs of the creative people rather than mold themselves into a predetermined business structure where they have to be creative on demand. To me that’s a recipe for mediocrity.” (Variety)

Take a look at the tweets with the #FOXTCA and #FXTCA hashtag to find out more about what FOX and FX had to say at the winter 2016 FCA. Follow @FOXTV and @FXNetworks on Twitter to get real-time updates.