FOX Renew / Cancel Wrap: 'The Finder,' 'Alcatraz,' 'Napoleon Dynamite' Canceled; 'Touch,' 'Fringe' Renewed

Categories: Cancel/Renew Fox Shows,Cancel/Renew Index

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May 15th, 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- May 13, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Fringe (F) renewed 0.50
I Hate My Teenage Daughter* canceled 0.61
Breaking In* canceled 0.64
The Cleveland Show  renewed 0.70
Allen Gregory * canceled 0.72
The Finder (some F) canceled 0.79
Raising Hope* renewed 0.87
Bob's Burgers renewed 0.88
Terra Nova * canceled 0.90
Alcatraz* canceled 0.93
American Dad  renewed 1.00
Bones  renewed 1.03
Napoleon Dynamite* canceled 1.06
House final season 1.10
Touch renewed 1.17
The Simpsons  renewed 1.19
New Girl renewed 1.34
Glee  renewed 1.35
Family Guy  renewed 1.37


The crazy fans will note that I "pushed" on a prediction for Fringe this season with it as a "toss up" for renewal or cancellation all season. As I noted elsewhere, no guts, no glory, but apparently all the whining from fans!

Otherwise, I predicted all the Fox renewals and cancellations correctly this season, most far in advance.

With that the Index bids the 2011-12 Fox season adieu, there will be no more Fox Renew / Cancel posts until September. Happy summer Fox!
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.

  • Barbra

    We love The Finder…why do they keep stupid shows like I hate my teenaged daughter….REALLY?!?!?!

  • Nick

    I just reserved season 1 of Raising Hope at my local library yay!!! Sadly, even though they have Fringe s1, I got an ‘Error’ page. :-(

  • Anita Lovejoy

    I have to say, I could make a fortune predicting which shows will make it and which get canceled. My method is very simple, if I really love a show then you may as well sign its cancellation notice. I loved Alcatraz, and Terra Nova. This happens every season… I can’t remember the last time a new show I enjoyed watching had more than one season. I could be rich!

  • Hustis Harper

    FRINGE – 15 (+1)
    RAISING HOPE – 5 (-1)

    Peter: When you say ‘Fringe Science’, you mean pseudo science?
    Olivia: I suppose. Things like mind-control, teleportation, astral projection, invisibility, genetic mutation, re-animation–
    Peter: Whoa, excuse me for a sec, re-animation? Really? So you’re telling me… what? My father was Dr. Frankenstein?

  • Sooner G

    Finder was a great show, cast and writing. Bad move by Fox Execs for they are to blame in how they scheduled the show. Some times it was on after American Idol and then not…then moved to Fridays with little notice or fanfare. Well no wonder it failed to catch a steady audience. GET A CLUE on smarter programming from CBS.

  • Rebecca

    Enjoy RH…I think season one was its best so far. I love the show.

  • Tony

    FRINGE – 16 (+1)
    RAISING HOPE – 4 (-1)

  • Tony

    My vote was too early…. so here it is again! lol :)

    FRINGE – 16 (+1)
    RAISING HOPE – 4 (-1)

  • Dennis

    FRINGE – 17 (+1)
    RAISING HOPE – 3 (-1)

    Does anyone know who won the NBC/CBS/CW/ABC games?? :)

  • Liz

    @Dennis Community won NBC’s .. that’s all I know, sorry

    FRINGE – 18 (+1)
    RAISING HOPE – 2 (-1)

  • Hustis Harper

    @Dennis Person Of Interest won CBS’s. That’s all I know…

  • SpenB

    Not looking good for Raising Hope…

    FRINGE – 19 (+1)
    RAISING HOPE – 1 (-1)

    Walter: Neither Belly nor I ever left ourselves only one way out of a room!
    Fringe S4 E19 “Letters of Transit”

  • tvfreak

    Aww, it pains me to do this but…

    FRINGE – 20 (+1)
    RAISING HOPE – 0 (-1)

    Ding ding ding! We have our winner! And right on the day I start watching and enjoying Fringe, too! :D

    Spring 2012 Fox Elimination Game Results:

    16. The Finder (4-12, 6:00am)
    15. Glee (4-12, 6:16am)
    14. Breaking In (4-12, 9:40am)
    13. Bob’s Burgers (4-12, 9:40am)

    12. Napoleon Dynamite (4-13, 3:38am)
    11. The Cleveland Show (4-13, 8:39am)

    10. The Simpsons (4-13, 10:49am)
    9. American Dad (4-13, 5:26pm)
    8. Family Guy (4-13, 5:40pm)

    7. Bones (4-14, 1:57pm)
    6. House (4-14, 1:57pm)

    5. New Girl (4-25, 12:11pm)
    4. Alcatraz (5-10, 9:00pm)
    3. Touch (5-16, 9:14pm)

    2. Raising Hope (5-19, 4:00pm)

    1. Fringe (5-19, 4:00pm)

    Well, such genre disparity in the winners! A sitcom for NBC, drama for CBS, and sci-fi for Fox…but the ABC game continues!

    From Fringe episode 1.02 “The Same Old Story” –
    Walter: [after being handed the phone] Just making some popcorn.
    Peter: Walter, I’m with a woman in her mid-twenties. She is going into cardiac arrest due to an overdoes of anesthesia. [machine beeps] Her heart just stopped.
    Walter: Do you have any cocaine?
    Peter: Cocaine? No, I don’t have any cocaine.
    Walter: Oh, that’s too bad. Going to have to shock her heart.

  • Tony

    ..Well it was always going to be Fringe, I called it on Day 1 :)

  • Megan

    I loved the Finder! My sister and I would watch that and NBC’s Grimm on Saturday mornings. When it got moved to Fridays i was like “nooooooooo!” because i knew it was doomed :(

  • Rebecca

    They mentioned the CBS and NBC winners for you already. CW’s winner (a long time ago) was Supernatural. And I think the ABC game is still in progress. Going there now to vote since it’s too late for me to vote here now, lol. I was going to vote up Raising Hope, oh well. Congrats to Fringe.

  • Rebecca

    @Dennis (and any other game players)
    The game on the ABC thread (the final game still going) is down to OUAT vs. MF. Go on over there and vote if/when you can. I love both of those and don’t care which one wins now, lol.

  • Steph

    Totally bummed about The Finder. I think that was a very entertaining show with a great cast.

  • Jbug

    Looks like Christmas…just read NBC’s and there’s a clear “death zone” with a line between red (low-rated) and green (higher-rated), but Fox just kind of jumps back and forth somewhat at random. Huh.

  • SpenB


    Glad you’re enjoying it. People always act like the first half of Season 1 was bad, which is really not the case at all. But from the middle of the season (at around “The Dreamscape”) on, the show is truly amazing.

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