Despite okay at best ratings, FOX has elected to grant freshman comedy 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' a full 22 episode season. The most recent installment earned a meager 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, but that apparently isn't low enough for FOX to count the show out. In fact, in addition to ordering the show's "back-nine" episodes, the network also plans to put 'Brooklyn' in the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot.
FOX announced that 'New Girl' would fill the first half of the post-Super Bowl hour a few months back, but hadn't yet chosen what other comedy would air afterward. 'The Mindy Project' has been a very lackluster performer so far this season, and 'Dads' has definitely failed to light the world on fire. This left only one real option, the Andy Samberg-Andre Braugher lead 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine.'
Samberg stars as laid back NYC detective Jake Peralta, while Braugher plays his new by-the-book captain Ray Holt. Needless to say, their personalities aren't compatible. Other cast members include Terry Crews, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, and Chelsea Peretti. The series premiered to mostly good reviews, but has never really taken off with audiences at large. Interestingly, one demographic it does quite well with is those making six figures or above. Neilsen refers to these people as "upscale viewers," which I can't decide if I'm insulted by or not. Does that make us normal folk downscale? Anyway, the disposable income of its viewers likely played a large factor in FOX putting its support behind 'Brooklyn.'
Does 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' deserve to air after the Super Bowl?