4:28pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox's 'Mulaney' Downgraded to 7:30
Fox's struggling freshman comedy Mulaney is getting another downgrade.
The rookie live-action comedy starring John Mulaney has been moved from its 9:30 p.m. perch on Sundays to 7:30 p.m., swapping slots with veteran animated comedy Bob's Burgers, Fox announced Tuesday.
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The news comes two weeks after Fox trimmed the episode count for the Universal Television-produced series.
Fox — under Kevin Reilly's previous regime — picked up Mulaney straight to series after NBC originally passed on the comedy pilot two years ago. The series received an early vote of confidence from the network in May when it earned an additional six-episode order, bringing its total tally to 16.
That order was shaved to 13 after the comedy opened to dismal returns and poor reviews. Its most recent broadcast drew a 0.9 in the key advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic just a week after hitting a series low with a 0.7.
Fox will now have a semi-animated block on Sundays, with The Simpsons followed by live-action Brooklyn Nine-Nine and then Family Guy and Bob's Burgers.