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Fox "On The Bubble": No More!

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March 30th, 2008

UPDATE: Fox has renewed Moment of Truth, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Don't Forget the Lyrics, Moment of Truth and 'Til Death for Fall 2008. Fox has cancelled Back to You, Canterbury's Law and New Amsterdam.

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Moving on to Fox, which has quite a few shows with unannounced futures including Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, New Amsterdam, Canterbury's Law, Back to You, Don't Forget the Lyrics, Moment of Truth, Return of Jezebel James, 'Til Death, Kitchen Nightmares and Unhitched.

Since the lack of Fox announcements has so many shows "on the bubble" I'm going to do a more wholesale analysis than I did with the 3 CBS shows earlier.

Selected Fox Shows Ranked by Season to Date Adults 18-49, and Season to Date Viewers

STD Adults 18-49 Rank Show STD Adults 18-49, Live+SD (000) STD Viewers, Live+SD (000) STD Viewers Rank
4 MOMENT OF TRUTH 9,317 16,484 4
6 TERMINATOR:SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (renewed) 5,802 10,690 8
10 NEW AMSTERDAM 4,615 11,161 5
11 PRISON BREAK 4,592 8,156 14
14 BONES 4,241 8,867 11
15 Kitchen Nightmares 3,817 6,245 22
16 DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS 3,763 8,160 13
19 SMARTER THAN 5TH GRADER 3,495 9,145 9
20 UNHITCHED 3,283 5,179 29
22 TIL DEATH 3,072 6,232 24
23 BACK TO YOU 2,977 6,494 20
24 COPS 2 2,970 6,475 21
25 AMW: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK 2,788 6,240 23
26 K-VILLE (cancelled) 2,681 5,886 27
27 COPS 2,582 5,757 28
29 CANTERBURY'S LAW 2,242 7,716 16
34 NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND 1,562 2,879 35
35 RETURN OF JEZEBEL JAMES (cancelled) 1,383 3,182 34
36 Nashville (cancelled) 1,249 2,482 36

Guaranteed Return [UPDATE: Both these shows are RENEWED for Fall 2008.]

  • Moment of Truth has been Fox's bona fide hit this season. Lots more lie detector tests are on the way.
  • Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles wasn't a home run, but it was a solid double as Fox's 6th best show for 18-49s.

Likely Return

These shows are in the top half of Fox's line up in either adults 18-49 or viewers, and seem likely to be back.

  • Prison Break [UPDATE: Renewed]
  • Bones [UPDATE: Renewed]
  • Kitchen Nightmares [UPDATE: Renewed]
  • Don't Forget The Lyrics [UPDATE: Renewed]
  • Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? [UPDATE: Renewed]

Toss Up

These two half hour comedies are right on the borderline. They didn't perform very well, but they're likely cheap to make which could save them.

Not Enough Data

  • Unhitched initial episodes indicate Back to You and 'Til Death level ratings. If that keeps up, it might survive. [UPDATE: Cancelled]
  • New Amsterdam posted some good early numbers due to Idol, but how far will it continue to fall? 5/12 Update: New Amsterdam has been cancelled by Fox.

Stick a Fork In Them

  • Canterbury's Law has a short track record, but it's a very bad one. [UPDATE: Cancelled]
  • Return of Jezebel James level ratings got Nashville yanked in a hurry last fall. [UPDATE: Cancelled]

3/24 Update: Jezebel James has been removed from the Fox schedule.

Fans, what do you think will happen?

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Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • zhu

    I like TSCC extremely and I can’t wait to see the next season. Actually I’m Summer Glau’s fan and like her very much. I want to be able to see her but I live in the China ShangHai.It seems impossible to see her. Finally I wish the human who likes TSCC to be happy.

  • zhu

    I like TSCC extremely and I can’t wait to see the next season. Actually I’m Summer Glau’s fan and like her very much. I want to be able to see her but I live in the China ShangHai.It seems impossible to see her. Finally I wish the human who likes TSCC to be happy.

  • Props2u

    TSCC simply ROCKS! This show needs a season 2 bigtime. If anyone told me a Terminator show was coming out with little special effects and a ballet dancing machine, I would have doomed the idea right away. However, with those things and even a writers strike that messed with the number of episodes we got to see, this show is pure gold. Some very classy scenes that left fans like me wanting more!

  • Props2u

    TSCC simply ROCKS! This show needs a season 2 bigtime. If anyone told me a Terminator show was coming out with little special effects and a ballet dancing machine, I would have doomed the idea right away. However, with those things and even a writers strike that messed with the number of episodes we got to see, this show is pure gold. Some very classy scenes that left fans like me wanting more!

  • RJ

    Til Death and Unhitched

    The rest can be cancelled

  • RJ

    Til Death and Unhitched

    The rest can be cancelled

  • http://spycomics.com Rick Spy

    Jason..Are you kidding??’War at Home stunk like Al Bundy’s bathroom. It’s one of the worst shows FOX has ever broadcast, and even on it’s best day couldn’t carry Married’s jock. Next, you’ll ask them to bring back Oliver Bean. And though I love Summer on T:TSCC Lena Heady’s pretty darn good too, as are the rest of the cast. Glad to see there’s some hope for it.

  • http://spycomics.com Rick Spy

    Jason..Are you kidding??’War at Home stunk like Al Bundy’s bathroom. It’s one of the worst shows FOX has ever broadcast, and even on it’s best day couldn’t carry Married’s jock. Next, you’ll ask them to bring back Oliver Bean. And though I love Summer on T:TSCC Lena Heady’s pretty darn good too, as are the rest of the cast. Glad to see there’s some hope for it.

  • Gabby

    Terminator is by far the Best show on FOX! I actually thought it was going to be cheesy and my MOTHER of all people told me I had to watch it! glad I did! Prison Break is scheduled to come back in Sept. and if they’re still giving that show a chance than TSCC deserves one too. I agree Brian Austin Green plays a great role and I think should be a regular and as for Summer Glau, her excellent portrayal of the Terminator still blows me away, i sill find myself giggling at some of her lines and facial expressions! DON’T DISAPPOINT US FOX!!!! WE NEED ANOTHER SEASON! SCREW AMERICAN IDOL!!

  • Gabby

    Terminator is by far the Best show on FOX! I actually thought it was going to be cheesy and my MOTHER of all people told me I had to watch it! glad I did! Prison Break is scheduled to come back in Sept. and if they’re still giving that show a chance than TSCC deserves one too. I agree Brian Austin Green plays a great role and I think should be a regular and as for Summer Glau, her excellent portrayal of the Terminator still blows me away, i sill find myself giggling at some of her lines and facial expressions! DON’T DISAPPOINT US FOX!!!! WE NEED ANOTHER SEASON! SCREW AMERICAN IDOL!!

  • Shane

    TSCC, what can I say. Bravo! Action caught my eye but characters kept the interest. I like the idea of what might be possible in Cameron. A machine that can teach John Conner compassion and humanity. Contrast this with a mother who has taught him from birth to be cold, calculating and reliant on logic. Only Summer could pull off a terminator with a soul. Can’t wait to see her fall in love.

  • Shane

    TSCC, what can I say. Bravo! Action caught my eye but characters kept the interest. I like the idea of what might be possible in Cameron. A machine that can teach John Conner compassion and humanity. Contrast this with a mother who has taught him from birth to be cold, calculating and reliant on logic. Only Summer could pull off a terminator with a soul. Can’t wait to see her fall in love.

  • Elizabeth

    TSCC is a great show and Thomas Dekker is hot! I hope that FOX doesn’t do the same thing to TSCC that it did to Firefly, which also had Summer Glau, and was also a SCi FI show! They definitely need to bring TSCC back for a second season and release a DVD and maybe some merchandise. If you haven’t seen Firefly and have nothing to watch while TSCC is off the air you have to give it a shot and then watch the followup movie Serenity.

  • Elizabeth

    TSCC is a great show and Thomas Dekker is hot! I hope that FOX doesn’t do the same thing to TSCC that it did to Firefly, which also had Summer Glau, and was also a SCi FI show! They definitely need to bring TSCC back for a second season and release a DVD and maybe some merchandise. If you haven’t seen Firefly and have nothing to watch while TSCC is off the air you have to give it a shot and then watch the followup movie Serenity.

  • Kirk

    TSCC is the ONLY thing besides the weather channel I even watch.I sure hope FOX isn’t to stupid to realize what kind of jewel in the rough they have here.Spend some money and do some advertising for crying out loud.However,knowing FOX, they’ll cancel it for another stupid reality show.

  • Kirk

    TSCC is the ONLY thing besides the weather channel I even watch.I sure hope FOX isn’t to stupid to realize what kind of jewel in the rough they have here.Spend some money and do some advertising for crying out loud.However,knowing FOX, they’ll cancel it for another stupid reality show.

  • Bill

    Does Fox keep the current cast members in the dark about the show’s status? They could land other roles that would potentially conflict with shooting a new season, right? I think if even one of the main cast members were to leave the show it would struggle to get off the ground next year.

  • Bill

    Does Fox keep the current cast members in the dark about the show’s status? They could land other roles that would potentially conflict with shooting a new season, right? I think if even one of the main cast members were to leave the show it would struggle to get off the ground next year.

  • Browngloster

    Of all the shows listed, I only watch “Prison Break”. Monday nights were great when we had “24″ and “Prison Break”. HUGE fan of both..my only concern for “Prison Break” is how many times can they break out?? So far, very on the edge of my seat for the action packed hour. Always crindging to see what happens next…

  • Browngloster

    Of all the shows listed, I only watch “Prison Break”. Monday nights were great when we had “24″ and “Prison Break”. HUGE fan of both..my only concern for “Prison Break” is how many times can they break out?? So far, very on the edge of my seat for the action packed hour. Always crindging to see what happens next…

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