FOX Gets More 'Smarter'
Foxworthy-hosted show will stay on Thursday nights through mid-April
Following two wildly successful post-"American Idol" airings of "5th Grader," FOX has ordered up at least four more episodes, extending the show's run through mid-April.
Tuesday (Feb. 27) night's series premiere -- in which host Jeff Foxworthy asked contestants exactly six questions over 30 minutes -- was FOX's highest rated series premiere in 13 years and the highest rated series premiere among adults 18-49 (11.2 rating) in five years and in total viewers (26.6 million) in eight years.
In addition, the first night of "5th Grader" retained 93 percent of its "American Idol" lead-in among adults 18-49 and 88 percent in total viewers, both post-"Idol" records. The second night dipped somewhat, but FOX would gladly take an 83 percent "Idol" retention among young adults and 79 percent in total viewers.
FOX is giving "5th Grader" its first Thursday airing tonight at 9 p.m. ET after an "Idol" results show and it will stay in the same time period next week, before going to 8 p.m. on Thursdays for March 15 and 22. The extended run will keep "5th Grader" at 8 p.m. on Thursdays for March 29 and April 5th, 12th and 19th.