FOX: 'Touch' Falls To A "Toss Up" For Renewal Or Cancellation

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May 1st, 2012

Click this link for the latest FOX renewal / cancellation information:

Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2011-12 season in May, 2012. (includes results from January 2- April 29, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Fringe (F) renewed 0.50
I Hate My Teenage Daughter* canceled 0.61
Breaking In canceled 0.66
The Cleveland Show renewed 0.70
Allen Gregory * canceled 0.72
The Finder (some F) :cry: :cry: 0.83
Raising Hope renewed 0.88
Bob's Burgers :| :| :| 0.88
Terra Nova * canceled 0.90
Alcatraz* :cry: :cry: 0.93
American Dad renewed 0.98
Napoleon Dynamite* :| :| :| 1.06
Bones renewed 1.06
House final season 1.10
Touch :| :| :| 1.22
The Simpsons renewed 1.22
New Girl renewed 1.35
Glee renewed 1.37
Family Guy renewed 1.39

Recipe for Touch being a "toss up" for renewal or cancellation:

  • 1 part ratings that have fallen in all but one week of its run
  • 1 part Fringe renewal, removing an hour from the 2012-13 schedule for 13 episodes

Mix and wait for Fan Excuse Bingo play to begin!

Those who'll jump to play the "Fox can't cancel all their rookie dramas" square, may wish to refresh their memory about what happened last season.

This is the last "regular" Fox Renew/Cancel Index post of the 2011-12 season. Next week Robert and I combine for our annual "Oddsmakers" final predictions for the season.
The Renew / Cancel Index above includes results beginning January 2, 2012. How did FOX's shows stack up based on their Fall results? Click here.

*shows no longer on the air have their Renew/Cancel Index "frozen" at the point they left the schedule.


  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2012
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2012
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2012
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2012
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2012

The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show's new episode adults 18-49 ratings relative to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its own network. It's calculated by dividing a show's new episode Live+Same Day adults 18-49 average rating by the Live+Same Day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show's own network. The network's average ratings in the calculation are not time weighted (ex. hour long shows are not weighted twice what 30 minute shows are).

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays were renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

How would the Renew / Cancel Index Have Done Predicting Last Season's Scripted Show Fates? Check out how the Renew / Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from the 2010-11 broadcast television season.

  • Rebecca

    FRINGE – 37 (-3)
    RAISING HOPE – 27 (+3)
    ALCATRAZ – 37 (-3)
    TOUCH – 46 (-2)

    Tough to pick amongst those last three since I watch and enjoy them all.
    Quote from The X Files [4.20]:
    Mulder: (a decaying body just fell out of the ceiling) You think the fall killed him?

  • Rebecca

    Sorry, it wasn’t time for you to vote again yet. Your vote yesterday was at 11:57 pm PST.
    Just wait until then or later (or do in the morning if morning is better).

    Voters, go off my vote from 7:20 pm PST above.

  • Rebecca

    But @Nick did make a mistake with the Touch totals, so here is a fix that includes my vote from before. Corrected:

    FRINGE – 37
    ALCATRAZ – 37
    TOUCH – 36

  • Lyn

    TOUCH is BY FAR one of THE BEST shows on TV today. The concept is amazing and the writing and content is BRILLIANT!!

  • Liz

    @Rebecca Oh sorry,
    here’s my vote :)

    FRINGE – 40 (+3)
    RAISING HOPE – 29 (+2)
    ALCATRAZ – 34 (-3)
    TOUCH – 34 (-2)

  • Rebecca

    No problem. Just allow 24 hours between votes. :-)
    I need to catch up on the latest Touch episode. I always seem to put that off, yet I enjoy the show.

  • Tony

    FRINGE – 43 (+3)
    RAISING HOPE – 31 (+2)
    ALCATRAZ – 32 (-2)
    TOUCH – 31 (-3)

    @Rebecca, I watched the 1st episode of Raising Hope….loved it!! :)

  • Phil

    I hope Breaking In finds a new network to keep going!
    Also the same for Terra Nova, put that show on Syfy or something.

    And as for Touch, I really hope FOX renews it! I mean c’mon they wanted Kiefer back on the network, at least they can do is commit to several seasons before cancelling it!!

  • Dennis

    FRINGE – 46 (+3)
    RAISING HOPE – 28 (-3)
    ALCATRAZ – 34 (+2)
    TOUCH – 29 (-3)

  • tvfreak

    FRINGE – 43 (-3)
    RAISING HOPE – 26 (-2)
    ALCATRAZ – 36 (+2)
    TOUCH – 32 (+3)

    From Raising Hope episode 1.02 “Dead Tooth” –
    Jimmy: Hey, I thought I talked to you about this. You can’t smoke around the baby.
    Virginia: Jimmy, smoke rises. She’s not gonna be tall enough to breath it for a long time.

  • Rebecca

    That’s great! Hope you keep watching. I mostly enjoy it for Virginia’s lines, like the one @tvfreak just quoted.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    FRINGE – 46 (+3)
    RAISING HOPE – 23 (-3)
    ALCATRAZ – 38 (+2)
    TOUCH – 30 (-2)

  • Rebecca

    FRINGE – 40 (-3)
    RAISING HOPE – 29 (+3)
    ALCATRAZ – 34 (-2)
    TOUCH – 29 (-3)

    quote from The X Files [7.19]:
    Cardinal O’Fallon: Is being made a fool of a crime, Agent Mulder?
    Mulder: I’d be doing life if it were, sir.

  • Rebecca

    Just fixing the votes since @HotLatino voted the same time I did. Including his votes, the new totals are:

    FRINGE – 43
    ALCATRAZ – 36
    TOUCH – 27

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    What a coincidence! LOL voting at the same time after more than 2 hours! :)

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    …since the last comment. #reallymissthateditbutton

  • Rebecca

    lol Yeah, and I was a few minutes late tonight, too.

  • Eric_Philly

    Cancelling their top-rated drama still seems like a stretch to me… aside from Idol and Sunday comedies, the ratings on Fox are pitiful these days. Gone are the days of 24 and House domination… Touch may not have great absolute numbers, but until they can find something that does I don’t see how it would be logical to dump the only thing that’s working.

  • Ultima

    Cancelling their top-rated drama still seems like a stretch to me

    Touch isn’t their highest rated drama, Glee is, and over the past five weeks when they’ve both been on, Bones has outperformed Touch.

    Touch may not have great absolute numbers, but until they can find something that does I don’t see how it would be logical to dump the only thing that’s working.

    In order to keep Touch, they’ll have to pick up one less drama pilot, making it harder to find what they’re looking for.

  • Liz

    FRINGE – 46 (+3)
    RAISING HOPE – 28 (+2)
    ALCATRAZ – 33 (-3)
    TOUCH – 25(-2)

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