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This is partly how Fox Kids met its unceremonious demise, and it was all during the peak of their success. Thanks to the New World/Fox debacle of 1994, many of the incoming Fox affiliates from New World passed on the block as they wanted stronger lead-ins to their newscasts, resulting in the block being relegated to either outgoing Fox stations or independent stations, many of whom would affiliate with either The WB or UPN. And if that wasn't bad enough, both networks would set up their own children's blocks later on, resulting in Fox Kids programming being dumped to low-rated slots by the stations in favor of their primary affiliates' programming (a practice that intensified once Kids' WB! picked up Pokémon). The ratings decline was so bad that several affiliates dumped the block entirely by 2000, or had given it to other stations, some of which had even lower viewership. Needless to say, when Saban Entertainment took over the block's operations in 1996, things only went further downhill, as these examples below show.note 


Examples regarding Fox shows are listed here.

  • Action Man (2000): Premiered in August 2000 in the cushy slot of 9:30 AM. Despite facing the critically-mauled Cardcaptor Sakura on Kids' WB, the show still managed to somehow underperform and was later moved to 8:30 AM-once again against Pokémon. Having already been renewed for a second season, Fox Kids chose to rush production of those episodes and moved the show to weekdays in January 2001-first at 4:00 PM and then at 3:00 PM by March. Action Man ultimately did continue into Fall 2001 but was now airing at 2:00 PM, and only on Fridays. (likely as a timefiller owing to Woody Woodpecker not having enough episodes to fill a full weekday slot by itself).
  • The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Premiered in October 1997 at 10:30 AM, dropped after a month, returned the following February at 3:30 PM on Fridays, then moved back to Saturdays in April at 11:30 AM. Needless to say, there was no season 2.
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  • Alienators: Evolution Continues: Aired at 11:30 for its entire run, with Fox Kids apparently content to watch Yu-Gi-Oh! beat the show into a pulp five times over.
  • The Avengers: United They Stand: Premiered in October 1999 at 11:30 AM-against The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, by then Kids' WB's longest-running original series-and also the initial opponent that claimed Silver Surfer in the same timeslot. The show was placed on hiatus in February despite having aired all but one of its 13 episodes. That final episode aired in March, and then the show was instantly removed to make room for Flint the Time Detective.
  • As mentioned in this article, the second season of Batman: The Animated Series took four years to complete its twenty-episode run. As if that wasn't enough, the final year saw the show airing at 3:00 PM weekdays as Saban had no interest beyond contractual obligations to support a show owned by their biggest rivals. This had the unfortunate consequence of Batman airing ahead of the aforementioned Spider-Man which was considerably lighter in terms of violent content and adult themes.
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  • Beast Machines: Premiered at 11:00 AM and was expected to easily win its timeslot—nobody expected the so-called "competition" of Kids' WB's E/I-mandated Detention to pull in Pokémon-level ratings. After seven months, Primal & Co. were sabotaged further by a move in April 2000 to 10:00 AM-directly against Pokémon, and keeping that slot when Season 2 premiered. No points for guessing what happened come February 2001. To add insult to injury, the show was replaced with second-run episodes of The Zack Files.
  • Beetleborgs: Specifically the Metallix season, which saw the show move ahead a half-hour from 4:00 to 3:30. Unfortunately, this was the same time Kids' WB expanded its weekday block to three hours (from one) and placed Animaniacs in the same timeslot. Needless to say, ratings tanked hard against the cartoon juggernaut and in February Metallix was moved ahead again to 3:00 against repackaged Looney Tunes in a last-ditch effort to save the series. Unfortunately, any ratings increase that would have resulted from the weaker competition was undone by the fact that the storyline was already at least half-over, leaving many would-be viewers confused. Metallix ended up banished to 7:00 AM come summer, and then to Sunday morning reruns on UPN the following season.
  • Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot: Premiered in September 1999 at 11:30 AM, then dropped after only six episodes to make room for The Avengers: United They Stand. The show would not return until January 2001, when all the remaining episodes were burned off on weekdays at 3:30 PM with almost no advertising. The show would return to Saturdays in mid-March, but was placed at 10:00-directly against Pokémon. The show was then moved to 9:00 following a five-week Curb-Stomp Battle, only for Jackie Chan Adventures to deactivate the robotic duo for good.
  • Bobby's World: Initially an inversion of the trope in that the show managed to maintain healthy ratings after moving from Saturday mornings to weekday mornings in 1994.note  Then came the 1997-1998 season, which saw Kids' WB begin programming the 7:00 AM weekday hour and ultimately place reruns of Tiny Toon Adventures against Bobby. Fox Kids refused to move the show out of its slot, reasoning that 1). These were only reruns and 2). Kids' WB would be sharing Babs and Buster with Nickelodeon. This notion was almost instantly disproven as Tiny Toons proceeded to destroy the Generics in the ratings. To be fair, Fox Kids did attempt to save the show by moving premieres to Saturdays at 8:00 AM, hoping for an easy win against Channel Umptee-3. As it turned out, Umptee-3 did not premiere until November leaving Bobby to face off against Animaniacs Needless to say, by Thanksgiving Fox Kids had completely given up on its longest-running cartoon and Bobby would spend the rest of the season as rerun filler until being dropped the following October and replaced by reruns of The Magic School Bus. If that wasn't enough, the show's reruns on Fox Family were at 1:00 PM when children are invariably at school.
  • C Bear And Jamal: After failing miserably at 8:00 AM Saturdays during the previous season, the show was moved to Fridays at 7:00 AM for 1997-1998-in reruns, no less-and swiftly forgotten. Then again, considering the lackluster competition of Jungle Cubs and re-packaged Daffy Duck cartoons, it was pretty much their own fault.
  • Cybersix: Premiered in August 2000 at 8:30 AM, moved to 11:30 AM after only two months, dropped two episodes later.
  • When Digimon Adventure 02 aired in the Netherlands, the Dutch Fox Kids had the rather strange policy of refusing to air episodes featuring snow or Christmas outside the respective season. The probable reason is because the network executives thought their target audience would be completely befuddled seeing snow on tv, despite it not being winter. Unfortunately, many important episodes, including the finale, take place during Christmas or snowy weather. This means the Dutch audience was unable to see how the series ended during its original run.
  • DinoZaurs got it particularly rough: Mistake #1: Fox Kids artificially started its 2000-2001 season in mid-August, this show included meaning the first two episodes would score absolutely nothing in the Nielsens. Mistake #2: Predicting an easy victory against Max Steel on Kids' WB and reruns of Disney's Doug on ABC-forgetting that the latter show had stayed strong with the previous season airing all seven days of the week despite being reruns!note  meaning that the show was about to get a massive ratings boost from returning to a Saturday-only show. Those two strikes were all it took to get the show demoted to weekdays at 3:00 PM after just eight weeks, where the show would be burned off until December when it was replaced with-wait for it-a second weekday edition of Digimon.
  • Eek! The Cat: Dropped at the same time as Carmen Sandiego in favor of promoting Spider-Man: The Animated Series to weekdays, with less than half the final season (5 Eek! and 3 Thunderlizards segments) aired. The rest of the episodes (7 Eek!s and 3 Thunderlizards) would be burned off between July-August of 1997. To be fair, the show would return the following summer as part of Cartoon Cabana, followed by a run on Fox Family during the network's first year (aired comfortably within the 3:00 PM hour to boot.)
  • Eerie Indiana: The Other Dimension: Premiered in February 1998 at 11:00 and instantly found itself on the wrong end of a Curb-Stomp Battle against Animaniacs. After two months, the show was moved to 9:30 as part of the short lived No-Yell Motel-and found itself on the wrong end of another Curb-Stomp Battle against The New Batman/Superman Adventures.note . The show was planned for a Friday afternoon slot for the fall, but the resulting ratings killed that plan in its tracksnote 
  • According to the copyright stamp, Saban dubbed Flint the Time Detective sometime in 1999, but did not premiere the show in the U.S. until the last week of March 2000. After only one month on the air, it was moved back a half-hour from 11:00 to 11:30-which wouldn't have been so bad if not for the fact that it was moved to make space for reruns of Dungeons & Dragons. However, worse was to come in August when the show was moved to Fridays at 3:00 as part of a failed attempt to replicate Fox Family's Anime Invasion/Made In Japan block. The block barely lasted six weeks, and Flint was subsequently banished from Fox Kids and began airing exclusively on the aforementioned Fox Family block-which itself amounted to airing two episodes on Sunday mornings, hardly an acceptable substitute.
  • Galidor: As the last new series to premiere on Fox Kids, one would think they would let their final act go on with dignity. And to their credit, they tried. Galidor premiered at 9:30 with the network expecting the show to replicate Medabots easy win against The Mummy: The Animated Series. But it wasn't to be-both shows failed against Recessnote  and it was off to the death-land of 8:00 AM for Nick and Allegra. There they fared no better against an encore edition of X-Men Evolution and by June they were moved up to 9:00. Sadly, with Fox Kids having but three months left this would hardly be considered a second chance even if Galidor wasn't now facing the insurmountable tag-team of Recess and Jackie Chan Adventures.note 
  • Despite being well-received by audiences and Godzilla fans alike (especially compared to the heavily panned movie that inspired it), Godzilla: The Series had the misfortune to debut just as Pokémon hit the airwaves. Months after its debut, Fox Kids launched a counterattack by buying the rights to air Digimon starting in August 1999. As a result, the second season of Godzilla: The Series (which started a month later) was plagued with preemptions (mostly by new network darling Digimon), timeslot changes (first 8:30 AM, then 9:30 AM by December, then 10:00 AM in February, and finally 11:30 AM in April), and episodes being aired Out of Order, with two of them never even airing in the U.S. Needless to say, it became impossible for audiences to find the show, and it was off the air by May 2000, replaced by reruns of Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Goosebumps: After two seasons as one of Fox Kids' top-rated shows, a 4:30 weekday slot was inevitable. What wasn't inevitable was the show keeping that slot for itself-by November Goosebumps had been reduced to Tuesday and Thursday to make room for Sam & Max: Freelance Police (Eerie, Indiana got Monday and Wednesday). Even that only lasted until January when the show was put back to Saturdays-Only in favor of Life with Louie. Fortunately, the show continued to perform well enough on Saturdays that it was still renewed for a fourth season despite all this. Sadly, that fourth season wound up buried at 4:00 and 4:30 on Mondays with little advertising. The show lasted all of four months in this slot before being dropped entirely in December. Oh yeah, and that final season only had 4 double-length episodes in any case.
  • Life with Louie: After managing an even battle against Animaniacs for an entire year, Louie was justly rewarded in January 1998 with a move to weekdays at 4:30-only for Network Red-Headed Stepchild to set in as Louie was a slice-of-life cartoon in an otherwise all action afternoon block. Predictably, ratings tanked and the show was banished to 7:30 AM in April. As if that wasn't bad enough, the show was reduced to Mondays and Fridays only in October to make room for Ned's Newt, only to be stripped of even the latter day the following January in favor of burning off Oggy and the Cockroaches. The show disappeared entirely by March, only to make its return in September 2001—at 2:00 PM on Mondays, where it lasted just under four months before being dropped for good. As with Bobby's World, Louie was banished to dead zone reruns on Fox Family, specifically 1:30 PM when kids are still in school.
  • Los Luchadores: Which premiered in February 2001 at 9:30 and instantly got body-slammed by X-Men: Evolution. After three months of this, it was moved to 8:00 where Sabrina: The Animated Series-of all shows-delivered the KO punch.
  • Mad Jack the Pirate: Premiered in September 1998 at 11:00 AM and while at first facing stiff competition from The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries during its first two months, things quickly improved when that show was given a bonus episode at 10:30, leaving viewers free to watch Mad Jack without missing anything. As if things couldn't get any better for the bumbling pirate, he got a second boost in February when Kids' WB moved the E/I-mandated Histeria! into the 11:00 slot. Good enough for a second season, right? Wrong. Mad Jack's "reward" for six months of successful ratings was to become the designated Sacrificial Lamb for a new Woody Woodpecker series which replaced the show in May.
  • The Magician: Burned off all 39 episodes in just seven months between February-September 1999.
  • A mild case with Medabots: After managing a solid win against The Mummy during it's first five months (as mentioned above), Fox decided to use the show's 9:30 AM slot to premiere Galidor and moved Medabots to 10:00 AM-seemingly dooming the show to become yet another victim of anime juggernaut Pokemon. Fortunately, Galidor bombed and within six weeks Ikki and Metabee were back at 9:30 where they quickly deactivated The Zeta Project-only to be moved back to 10:00 for Fox Kids' final summer. Luckily, ABC Family quickly picked up the series and eventually aired the final season.
  • Mon Colle Knights: Again, Saturdays at 11:00 AM isn't really that bad a timeslot-unless you happen to be preceded in that timeslot by The Ripping Friends-whose infamous reputation proved an insurmountable strike against anything placed in its timeslot. Even Kids' WB competition of the equally ill-fated The Nightmare Room wasn't much help.
  • Monster Rancher: Debuting on Fox Kids in October 1999 after just one month of airing in syndication, Fox Kids proceeded to sabotage the series in the worst way imaginable. Being "promoted" from once to twice on Saturdays on your second week with the network should seem to indicate that the network had every intention of pushing for the show's success. The problem: it's slots were 8:30 and 10:00 AM-the same slots where Kids' WB was airing Pokemon!note  The show spent the next three months getting pounded into the dust before Fox Kids realized Genki was floundering and removed the 10:00 airing. Sadly, the 8:30 slot went unchanged and Pokemon continued decimating the show until it was removed altogether in August 2000. The show's weekday run (which began in November) fared even worse; airing at 3:00note  and lasting less than three months due to a combination of low ratings and (likely) an angry phone call from BKN regarding Fox's weekday broadcast competing with their own syndicated edition (which had continued after Fox Kids bought the series). Fox tried the 3:00 weekday slot again in February 2001, but it lasted just one month before the show was permanently banished to Fox Family's sunday morning anime block.
  • Mowgli The New Adventures Of The Jungle Book: Premiered in February 1998 and aired at 8:00 AM. While this was usually a death slot, Fox Kids figured the jungle boy would have no trouble against a weekend encore of Pinky and the Brain. They then learned the hard way that Steven Spielberg's cartoons are an insurmountable force under any circumstances-and even worse, those kids which chose to wait until the official episode at 10:30 weren't watching either, having defected to ABC for 101 Dalmatians: The Series. Mowgli ended up airing only 7 of its 26 produced episodes before getting the axe in March.
  • The Mr. Potato Head Show: Premiered in September 1998 at 8:00 AM-again against Batman/Superman which this time around had only two airings on Saturdays with the other slot (at 8:30) requiring viewers to once again miss Power Rangers In Space. Unsurprisingly, Spud Head got handily mashed and was moved in January to 7:30 AM on Tuesdays where it quietly died by the end of February and spent the rest of the season in Sunday morning reruns on Fox Family.
  • The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg: Premiered to a similar situation as Young Hercules (Tuesday-Friday at 4:00 and Saturdays at 10:00) and was initially given a lot better treatment. For one, it managed to stay on Saturdays through the end of February, only being removed to make room for The Magician. As for weekdays, the show was promoted to 4:30 after two months and stayed there for the rest of the season, and also added Mondays in January. All seemed well for the Irish warriors.....until you remember this was the same season which saw the weekday edition of Batman/Superman expanded to a full hour and Mystic Knights was regularly passed over by viewers in favor of running mate Power Rangers In Space. (It's like the DC duo was doing this on purpose knowing they couldn't kill the Rangers outright.note ). Come summer the show was demoted to 3:00 PM, Mondays-only and then dropped completely in September.note  Fox Kids would not even attempt another live-action series until Los Luchadores (and as mentioned above, even that did not get fair treatment.)
  • NASCAR Racers: After managing a moderate win against Max Steel, the show won the rare distinction of a Post-1997 Fox Kids show earning a second season. Unfortunately, it also got a new timeslot of 11:00 now facing first Batman Beyond and then Static Shock. After six weeks, the show was moved to 11:30 placing it back against Max Steel. All went well until February, when Kids' WB shuffled its schedulenote  and moved Batman Beyond to 11:30. Even worse, Fox Kids refused to move NASCAR to Steel's new time of 8:00, having decided propping up Power Rangers Time Force was more important.note By April, Team Fastex had run out of ratings fuel and took their final pit stop-as a final insult the show was replaced with reruns of Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends.
  • Ned's Newt: Premiered in February 1998 at 8:30 AM on Saturdays, then moved to 8:00 after only two months in favor of returning Power Rangers to Saturdays. Following a summer run as part of Cartoon Cabana, the show was dumped in October to Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 AM where it lasted barely three months before being removed altogether in favor of using the timeslot to burn off several failed series at once.note  It never even got to air reruns on Fox Family.
  • Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation: Considering the show's infamously poor quality, one has to wonder why Fox Kids wanted this show to succeed as much as they did. The show premiered in September 1997 at 4:30 on Fridays and remained in that slot all the way through the following March-all the while being hammered by The New Batman/Superman Adventures eventually to the point of draining ratings from both Goosebumps and Life with Louie by virtue of sharing the 4:30 slot with the turtles. They even tried giving it a second slot at 9:00 AM on Saturdays for a few months-only to similarly fail against Men in Black: The Series. What gets the show its "screwed" status is when Fox Kids gave it a full 4:00 weekday slot in April 1998-despite having only produced 26 episodes. The resulting episode repetition alienated even the show's few fans-which combined with its new competition in Pinky and the Brain led to a quick death come June.
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches: Originally planned to air as part of a two-in-one series with Space Goofs on weekday afternoons, the show instead premiered on Saturday mornings at 11:30 AM as its own show. After four months of mediocre ratings the shows was moved to Fridays at 7:30 AM, as part of the same burn-off slot as Space Goofs. The show was relocated to Fox Family in May 1999 as part of flagship afternoon block "The Basement", staying there until being dropped entirely sometime before the end of the year, not even getting the privilege of joining its sister show on Boyz Channel.
  • The Ripping Friends: Premiered in September 2001, a month when terrestrial television faced countless pre-emptions owing to coverage of...well, you-know-what. By the time the season officially began in November, the show had already been moved to 10:00 AM-once again against Pokémon. The show was dropped in February to make room for Galidor.
  • Round the Twist: Premiered in July of 1997, arguably the worst month to premiere a new series due to being the right in the middle of summer. As if that wasn't bad enough, the show lost Fridays after just three weeks to make room for Stickin' Around. Combine that with a 4:30 slot against Animaniacs, and you have a recipe for ultimate disaster. Needless to say, the Twists didn't make the fall season.
  • The Secret Files of The Spy Dogs: Premiered in September 1998 at 10:30 AM, then moved to 11:30 AM at midseason. While the show managed to get a second season, those episodes aired right after Season 1 was finished with Fox Kids making no mention that there were separate seasons.
  • Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century: Premiered at 8:00 AM Saturdays, dropped after four weeks in favor of Monster Rancher, returned in December at the same timeslot, then finally moved to Mondays at 3:00 PM in January. The show was dropped in March with nine episodes left unaired until the show entered syndication exactly one year later.
  • Silver Surfer: Premiered at 11:30 AM in February 1998 with the intention that it would carry over the ratings success of X-Men. When that didn't happen, Fox Kids wasted little time moving to show ahead to 11:00-directly against Animaniacs and proving once and for all just how invincible the Warner Siblings truly were.note . The surfer wiped-out in May and would not ride again until The Super Hero Squad Show in 2009.
  • Slayers and Magic Knight Rayearth were both screwed by Fox Kids. Toonami was interested in both shows, but Fox Kids picked up both so that Toonami could never obtain them. What does Fox Kids do? They didn't do anything with them! Fox Kids basically sat on the broadcast rights to the shows until their rights expired and Toonami was no longer interested.note  Slayers has since been broadcast on the defunct International Channel, Colours TV, and the Funimation Channel. Rayearth, on the other hand, was only broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area by the local PBS station.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series: A very rare example of a show getting screwed because the network loved it too much. After completing its run in January 1998, Fox Kids promoted its timeslot the following month from 3:00 to 3:30. Unfortunately, going from running against repackaged Looney Tunes to battling Animaniacs really doesn't do much for a show's ratings and doubly so when you're only airing reruns. However, Fox Kids stubbornly refused to give up on the web-slinger and moved it back to 3:00 for the 1998-1999 season-and learned the hard way the Pinky and the Brain-itself in reruns by this point-is a nigh-impossible opponent. Even worse, Fox Kids still wouldn't quit and added a Saturday slot the following January against The New Batman/Superman Adventures which was airing new episodes and quickly started beating Spidey into the ground. Come summer Fox Kids finally realized the game was up and moved Spidey's weekday slot to 4:00, where the dynamic duo happily finished the job.
  • Spider-Man Unlimited: Premiered in October 1999 and dropped the same month with only three episodes aired and would not return until the following December, initially at 11:00 AM then moved to 8:30 AM by February. By summer 2001 the show was gone for good.
  • Space Goofs: Intended as Fox Kids' answer to Kids' WB comedies such as Animaniacs, the show premiered in September in the prime timeslot of 9:30 AM just before Goosebumps. It stayed there until December, when it was moved to 10:30 AM again sharing an hour with Goosebumps-only to be unceremoniously dropped in April and then return in September 1998 at Mondays at 3:00 PM. As if that wasn't enough, it was moved again in January 1999 to 7:30 AM on Wednesdays as part of an attempt to burn-off several failed series in that timeslot. The show was gone from Fox Kids by March and moved to Fox Family for the spring and summer (now airing on Sunday mornings, no less) before finally being buried on Boyz Channel for that network's infamous ten-month run. The real kicker: This all happened just to get Season 1 out of the way! By comparison, the season only took one year to air on its native channel of France 3. Season 2 has yet to be released in the United States.
  • The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: After two seasons of respectable ratings, the friendly ghost was done in by some very unfriendly programmers. For starters, the show was moved in September 1997 to weekdays at 7:30 AM when most kids are preparing for school. Next, the show lost its Saturday slot in October to an encore showing of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.note . Finally, in February 1998 the show was reduced to 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM, Fridays-only! to make room for a second weekday edition of Bobby's World. Casper lasted only two more months before fading off the network completely with six episodes unaired until Fox Family launched-and then burned off those episodes in a mediocre 2:00 PM weekday slot.
  • Stickin' Around: Premiered in July of 1997 in the time slot of Fridays at 4:30 PM. In September the series was moved to Saturday mornings at 8:30 AM with little promotion (probably the logic was that it wasn't technically a new series due to premiering two months early), and this doesn't even mention the edits for content discussed in the show's own page. The show was gone by Thanksgiving and ultimately replaced by Space Goofs.
  • The Tick: Burned off the entire third season at 11:30 against a rising Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries and then dropped in December. The show was brought back in April-and lasted all of two weeks before being taken off again, this time for keeps.
  • Toonsylvania: Premiered in February 1998 at 9:30 AM and was sandwiched between two episodes of Goosebumps, then moved in April to 10:30 AM as part the short-lived No Yell Motel sub-block. Not too bad treatment, enough at least to get a second season-which was unceremoniously dumped on Mondays at 3:30 PM. Slightly justified in that they probably didn't want to separate the show from Goosebumps, but that's still no excuse for how little advertising the show got in this slot. The show was dropped in January and moved to Fox Family, where it finished the season in reruns on Sunday mornings.
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise: Being the first six-a-week series since Monster Ranchernote seems like a pretty swell gig at first-until you learn your timeslots are 2:30 PM Monday-Friday and 8:00 AM on Saturdays when most kids are at school and barely getting out of bed respectively. It took the failure of Galidor to finally get the show moved to a more reasonable slot of 10:30-in March 2002, by which time it was already too late.
  • Fox Kids tried to sell the dub of Vision of Escaflowne (skipping the first episode) as a kids show, rolling it out alongside the likes of Digimon and Beast Machines without realizing it delved into some fairly mature stuff in the latter half of the show. They quickly shelved it after about 10 episodes and tried to forget about it. And of course, premiering the show in mid-August (meaning the first 2-3 aired episodes effectively wouldn't count toward the show's overall season ratings) and placing it at 11:00 against Batman Beyond really did not help matters. YTV in Canada, which began its run of the series shortly after Fox did, quickly learned from Fox's mistake and aired the entire series in prime time with appropriate content warning bumpers attached to it.
  • Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?: In one of the worst cases of bad timing arguably any show has ever had, Zack and Ivy had the misfortune of getting hit by the regime change as they were preparing to start their weekday run. As the weakest of Fox Kids' four designated edutainment showsnote  they ended up in the death slot of 7:30 AM. Then Fox Kids realized that the three aforementioned shows effectively made Carmen redundant and dropped the show entirely in November (replaced with reruns of Peter Pan & the Pirates) after having aired only two episodes of the current season. The remaining seven episodes were aired in two blocks: three aired from March 30th-April 1st of 1998-a seventeen month gap between premieres-and the final four dumped onto Fox Family in December with the finale airing the weekend of New Year's Day 1999!!.
  • The New Woody Woodpecker Show: Premiered in May 1999 and ran for just four months on Saturdays before being promoted to the sweet slot of weekday afternoons at 4:30 PM-where it lasted just a single month before getting pulled in favor of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. Season 2 would not premiere until September 2001, where it aired Tuesday-Thursday afternoons at 2:00 PM-when much of the target audience is still in school. The show was dropped again when Fox Kids abandoned its entire weekday block four months later and suffered another five-month hiatus before finally beginning Season 3 and returning to Saturdays in June of 2002, and at the early death slot of 8:00 AM to boot. The show disappeared with the block several months later.
  • X-Men: After airing its finale in September 1997, what had been roughly an even battle against The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries quickly transformed into a Curb-Stomp Battle that lasted four whole months before the show was finally put out of its misery. The series returned in July 2000 in a 4:00 weekday slot, but Pokémon made damn sure that didn't last.
  • Xyber 9: New Dawn: Dropped after four months with only 10 out of 22 episodes aired. The rest would premiere on Toon Disney's Jetix block in 2007.
  • Young Hercules: Premiered in September 1998 and initially aired at 4:30 PM on Tuesdays-Fridays and 9:30 AM on Saturdays. The screwing began inexplicitly with the latter slot where it was dropped after just seven weeks despite facing a watered-down Invasion America. At the same time, its weekday slot was "demoted" to 3:30 PM—where it quickly started grinding Histeria! to a pulp, particularly after adding Mondays in January. Then out of nowhere and for seemingly no reason at all, Fox Kids announced the series would not be renewed for a second season. The resulting fan outrage was only compounded when Fox Kids gave its 3:30 slot to reruns of Beast Wars, seemingly proving just how incompetent the new regime was at programming a networknote 


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