'The Mob Doctor' still has a pulse at FOX: Here's why

mob-doctor-still-on-fox.jpgFOX issued a press relase Friday (Oct. 19) detailing its November sweeps programming, highlighting the 200th episode of "Family Guy," the live-performance phase of "The X Factor" and Halloween- and Thanksgiving-themed episodes of various shows.

The release also contained this subhead: "Brand-new episodes of 'Bones,' 'The Mob Doctor,' 'Raising Hope' ..."

Wait. Back up a second. Brand-new episodes of "The Mob Doctor"? The show everyone thought would be canceled by now?

It's true. The low-rated drama, which is currently on a three-week, baseball- and presidential debate-induced hiatus, will be back in November. It could potentially get to play out its full 13-episode order, despite averaging just 4.6 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 so far.

Further depressed ratings, of course, could change things, but FOX doesn't have much else to put in the timeslot at the moment.

The network's drama roster is a little thin at the moment. Aside from "The Mob Doctor," the only other new drama the network ordered for 2012-13 is "The Following," which is slated to take over the 9 p.m. Monday spot at midseason. "Fringe" isn't moving from its Friday spot, and the only returning show on the bench is "Touch," which was recently bumped from an Oct. 26 launch to midseason.

If "The Mob Doctor" did make an early exit, then, its spot would probably be filled by "Bones" reruns that wouldn't be likely to do much better in the ratings. "The Mob Doctor's" numbers don't bode well for a long-term future, but since FOX has few alternatives at the moment it could borrow some time for the rest of the fall.
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