THE RESIDENT: L-R: Jane Leeves and Matt Czuchry in the "Burn it All Down" season finale episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, April 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2020 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D'Alema/FOX
Photo: CR: Guy D'Alema/FOX Jane Leeves and Matt Czuchry on what could be the final episode of "The Resident" if it's not renewed.
Photo: CR: Guy D'Alema/FOX Jane Leeves and Matt Czuchry on what could be the final episode of "The Resident" if it's not renewed.

Fox’s ‘The Resident’ is on the bubble for a fourth season

The world is full of uncertainty right now. For the cast and crew of Atlanta’s “The Resident” on Fox, it’s doubly so.

The broadcast network has not yet decided whether to give the medical drama a fourth season, but it has a case for survival. 

Compared to 14 other scripted shows on Fox, “The Resident” fares reasonably well in overall ratings (fourth in overnight ratings) but less so among 18-49 year olds (ninth). 

Overnight ratings for the show are down year over year about 20 percent with 4 million viewers a week and about 6.8 million counting a week’s DVR usage. That type of drop off is not unusual in this day and age. 

The good news is “The Resident” saw ratings edge up in March. The March 24 “Resident” episode drew 7.1 million viewers and a 1.4 share 18-49. That 1.4 share is the best since its season 3 debut. 

In comparison, the freshman Fox drama “Deputy” was canceled, finishing with 6.5 million viewers and a 1 share among 18-49 for its final episode. 

Fox’s biggest scripted show is “9-1-1,” which was renewed this week along with its spin-off show “9-1-1: Lone Star’ starring Rob Lowe. “9-1-1” averages about 10.5 million viewers a week and a 2.4 18-49 share. 

“The Resident” concluded season three April 7 with its 20th episode. It was unable to finish its scheduled three final episodes because the pandemic shut production down last month.

In a kind gesture, the network donated the show’s masks, gloves and gowns to Grady Memorial Hospital. 

The show, which stars Matt Czuchry, Jane Leeves, Malcolm Jamal-Warner and Emily VanCamp, largely shoots indoor scenes at Film Rockdale Studios in Conyers. Exterior shots and some interior entry scenes are done at the High Museum in Midtown. 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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