John Mulaney is going from the headliner to an opening act on Fox’s Sunday nights.
The comic’s freshman sitcom Mulaney is moving from 9:30 p.m. — where it enjoyed a lead-in from the top-rated animated series Family Guy — to 7:30 p.m. The show will be replaced by new episodes of animated comedy Bob’s Burgers.
This Sunday, Mulaney won’t be on at all since Fox has football coverage in the 7:30 p.m. slot. The next time Mulaney will be back on is Nov. 23.
Mulaney has been on a spiral since it premiered in early October. The comedy debuted to low ratings, that then got lower. Fox trimmed its episode order from 16 to 13. The most recent episode had only 2 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49. Now it’s losing its strong lead-in and being shuffled into Sunday’s unique ultra-early primetime hour. Still, however, not officially axed.