FOX: Naughty Or Nice? Which Show(s) Would You Cancel? (Poll)

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

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December 18th, 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 through December 16, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Fringe (F) final season 0.50
The Mob Doctor canceled 0.54
Ben And Kate :oops: 0.72
The Mindy Project :| :| :| 0.86
Raising Hope :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.86
The Cleveland Show :| :| :| 0.93
Bob's Burgers renewed 1.06
Bones :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.09
American Dad already renewed 1.16
Glee :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.17
New Girl :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.26
Family Guy already renewed 1.47
The Simpsons already renewed 1.56

We're into the holiday season for the Renew / Cancel Index and this post before the holiday break gives readers a chance to pick which shows they'd cancel were they a network programmer. You can vote as many times as you'd like, pick as many as you'd like. I've included every show, even canceled ones, so that no one feels left out!

Scheduling note: The Renew / Cancel Index will return with new Indexes and predictions on January 8, 2013 and will then only use the ratings since December 31, 2012 for its calculations for the remainder of the season. Expect prediction changes in the first weeks of 2013.


  • :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.

  • Josh

    I don’t watch anything on Fox yet, waiting for The Following. Hopefully it won’t be cancelled like the other shows on Fox I followed like Alcatraz that was an awesome show.

  • The deal

    Fringe is the best dramtic show on TV period. It is another Star Trek which received bad ratings and lives forever in reruns and movies. I goto
    to Fox to watch 4 shows, New Girl, So You think…, American I, Fringe. They are making a BIG mistake cancelling Fringe.

  • animal

    Fox is the only network worth watching, everything is good, Raising Hope is one of the best shows on tv!

  • Ted

    Why is American Idol not on here? That’s a show I would have cancelled a long time ago.

  • hello

    I would cancel Simpsons and Fringe because it is time for them to end, and i cancelled the rest because they suck

  • Anthony

    What a shame, Ben and Kate looks like the next great show to be cancelled. But we’re living in a time where Jersey Shore and the Kardashians pull in record ratings. Welcome to Obama’s America — a land of mindless zombies. Mob Doctor really isn’t that bad at all either. In fact, it’s very good.


    The only show I care about is Bob’s Burgers and that has already been renewed.

  • Alan 59

    Jared, I think that you’re missing the point here. The guys asked us what we would cancel IF WE WERE THAT NETWORK’S PROGRAMMER. When I voted to cancel “Ben And Kate,” it was not due to any hatred for the program, its producers, its cast, or even the craft services crew. It was because it has crappy ratings that are not likely to improve. Cancellation clears the scheduling board for pilots that, Rupert willing, are better creatively and commercially than the series that they replace. Does it always work that way? Hell, no. But that’s why you have to be an optimist to work in network programming.

  • madbengalsfan85

    Unless DB is trolling us all on twitter (Definitely a possibility), Bones has been renewed for season 9

  • Alexis

    Santa, can I have a cancelled Glee for Christmas this year?



  • Paul


  • Longshanks

    The one and only show that I watch on FOX is Fringe,and since it’s ending soon,I couldn’t care less if they cancelled all of the other shows.

  • LoriB196

    Santa, can I have a renewed Glee for Christmas?


    Thank you!!!

    : )

  • Mary Ann

    So how many haters of “The Mob Doctor” actually watched the show and gave it a chance? It is the only show on FOX that I watch, and it is very very good — the first seven episode arc went in directions I never saw coming, and became very layered and complex. Best mob show since “Wiseguy.” I know it is too late to save it, but anyone who is on the fence at all should watch it and then develop an opinion.

  • Chantal

    Cancel Glee and American Idol !

  • Sarah


    “Unless DB is trolling us all on twitter (Definitely a possibility), Bones has been renewed for season 9″

    Yeah, I saw his tweet a couple days ago. And LOL at his trolling. He does do that a lot, and more often than not it drives me crazy. lol

  • Oliver

    Renew everything airing that isn’t already cancelled (Mob Doctor, Fringe, The Cleveland Show even though they haven’t yet formally announced it). Cancel Touch and The Goodwin Games (they already shortened its order). The success or failure of The Following won’t change Fox’s Fall schedule.

    Give Mindy and B&K 13 episode orders, bench B&K until mid-season. Keep Tuesdays intact over summer so they can keep promoting their comedy block.

    Reduce X Factor to 2 hours and use the extra hour to launch an extra new drama after Glee. Fox should target phasing out X Factor.

  • blackrock1969

    For fall…

    8:00 Bones
    9:00 new drama/The Following

    8:00 Raising Hope
    8:30 new comedy
    9:00 New Girl
    9:30 new comedy

    8:00 The X Factor/American Idol

    8:00 The X Factor (results)/American Idol (results)
    9:00 Glee

    8:00 Kitchen Nightmares/new drama
    9:00 new drama

    7:30 The OT/The Cleveland Show
    8:00 The Simpsons
    8:30 Bob’s Burgers/Murder Police
    9:00 Family Guy
    9:30 American Dad!

  • Eric

    I know Ben & Kate’s future is not looking too good at the moment, but I really hope that the Fox executives have some faith in it and give it time to grow. It has a truly funny cast that I would love to see more of. New Girl and Raising Hope should also stay, even though I’m not enjoying either one quite as much as I used to.

  • tv log

    Fox needs spread cartoons around nights! Drop Glee! Glee is finished! Family Guy/The Cleveland Show or Family Guy/American Dad should follow American Idol during Winter and Spring, So you Can Dance during Summer, and X Factor during Fall and Winter! Simpson should lead Tuesday Night follow by Raising Hope, Cleveland Show or New Girl or Ben and Kate and Mindy Project! Monday night Touch and Bones! Saturday Night Bring back American Most wanted and Cops! American Most wanted as lead in! Sunday~ Telenovela American Style night! Miniseries! ABC did well in seventies and eighties! Fox had success in Shaka Zulu in late eighties! PBS has success now with Masterpiece theater on Sunday! Especial Downton Abbey!

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