FOX: 'The Cleveland Show' Is Likely To Be Canceled

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

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January 29th, 2013

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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts the network's decision on renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2012-13 season in May, 2013. (includes results from December 31, 2012- January 27, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The Mob Doctor* canceled 0.31
Fringe* (F) final season complete 0.50
Ben And Kate* canceled 0.60
The Cleveland Show :cry: :cry: 0.63
The Mindy Project :| :| :| 0.76
Raising Hope :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.84
New Girl :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.02
Bones renewed 1.09
American Dad renewed 1.24
Bob's Burgers renewed 1.24
Glee :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.31
The Simpsons renewed 1.49
The Following :) :) :) :) 1.61
Family Guy renewed 1.63

A combination of low ratings, and a seeming lack of time to produce new episodes in time for next season has me downgrading The Cleveland Show to "likely to be canceled". Could it still get an order for episodes to air in early 2014? I guess. But that's no longer even a toss up opportunity.

The Following premiered well, and its ratings rose in its second episode. That's not going to put food in the stomach of the cancellation bear.

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

From now through the end of the broadcast season in May, the Renew/Cancel Index values will only be calculated using new episodes airing during 2013. However, until new episodes of a show air in 2013, I will keep the "old"  Fall predictions in the table.

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  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2013
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2013
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2013
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2013
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2013

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 past television seasons.

  • omabin

    FOX needs more drama time next year honestly. However, since they keep ordering comedy pilots and that RH and New Girl are locks to come back, I think they will need to be creative. I would go with this:

    New Drama/The Following

    New Drama

    The X-Factor
    New Comedy

    The X-Factor
    New Girl
    New Comedy

    Kitchen Nightmares
    Raising Hope
    Raising Hope

    Have Raising Hope start late in the season (use that space to repeat the new dramas until then) so that they have enough time to produce episodes to double it up during fall. It will be renewed for sydication only anyway, and I have no idea what else they could put on fridays. They would still be able to premiere two new comedies like this, as well as two new dramas.

  • tommie

    It seems like Fox is serving up double Cleveland episodes come March 10th and March 17th – burn-off?

  • Sel

    I remember a year and a half ago when “I Hate my Teenage Daughter” was pulling 2.1 – 2.5 and FOX was too cool for it. And now they are super-duper proud of their New Girl witch is on the same level and they’re about to renew the most unfunny and unwatchable “comedy” – The Flopsy Project. It’s not gonna surprise me if that “comedy” bangs 88 episodes.

  • Jim

    2013-14 Schedule
    8:00 Bones
    9:00 The Following / (New Drama)

    8:00 Glee
    9:00 New Girl
    9:30 (New Comedy)

    8:00 The X-Factor / American Idol

    8:00 The X-Factor / American Idol
    9:00 Raising Hope
    9:30 (New Comedy)

    8:00 Kitchen Nightmares / Encores
    9:00 (New Drama)

    7:00 Encores
    7:30 American Dad
    8:00 The Simpsons (Farewell Season)
    8:30 Bob’s Burgers
    9:00 Family Guy
    9:30 (New Animated Comedy)

  • Fred

    FOX has a fairly simple lineup compared to ABC, CBS and NBC. But more complicated at the same time, because of limited time slots.
    X Factor and Idol take up nearly every slot on Wed and Thurs. They will probably launch a new drama or 2 new sitcoms after one of those days.
    Sunday is reserved for Animation.
    That leaves Mon and Tues (just 2 hours each) for scripted shows. Obviously The Following and Bones takes up 2 hours. Only 2 Hours left for a new drama or sitcoms. The New Girl is fairly strong and Raising Hope is fading. They need a HIT sitcom.
    Friday will most likely consist of low budget reality shows.

  • RyanCanada

    i hope the Mindy Project gets renewed, that show is so unique and funny, it honestly make me smile

  • James

    About time, you don’t need for clone of the same show on the same channel.

  • frank

    Fox tick off Seth McFarlane by not letting the Cleveland show grind out to 100 episodes before pulling the plug? They sell some more DVDs and they have a healthy package to keep it doing fine on various Fox related channels for the next decade while Family Guy keeps going.

  • Ultima

    I remember a year and a half ago when “I Hate my Teenage Daughter” was pulling 2.1 – 2.5 and FOX was too cool for it.

    I Hate My Teenage Daughter ratings

    After The X Factor – 2.8, 2.1, 1.8, 2.0

    Tuesday comedy block – 1.6, 1.4, 1.2

    Your memory sucks.

  • Ultima

    It seems like Fox is serving up double Cleveland episodes come March 10th and March 17th – burn-off?

    Necessity. The Cleveland Show is preempted a lot during the fall, so it has only aired 8 episodes compared to ~11 for the other Animation Domination shows.

  • Sel

    Putting a show on a 3 months hiatus after 4 aired episodes and after that putting it on a different night its called sabotage. I was working on the set as an assistant and things were said!

  • Ultima

    Putting a show on a 3 months hiatus after 4 aired episodes and after that putting it on a different night its called sabotage.

    Most would call it a second chance. The ratings were bad enough after the first four episodes that it should have been pulled and canceled earlier.

    The general concensus is that the two-hour comedy block was a terrible idea for FOX last season and they should have stuck with the Glee/New Girl/Raising Hope lineup all year.

  • brandon

    so does this mean Cleveland will be back on Family Guy

  • Brad

    That show has always been terrible and boardline racist.

  • DearFox

    Dear Fox,

    Three words: Beavis and Butt-Head.


  • wqeqwew

    Good, after that they can cancel Family Guy, American Idol and The X-Factor.

  • Sam

    Why cancel The Cleveland Show? If you ask me they never really put enough effort into that show. I feel like Seth supported it the least and Fox just doesn’t like it. Like MOST people. I think the show has potential. I say put it on hiatus and bring in some new writers and better story development. And can we please get TCS some better support from FOX and Seth MacFarlane. Then give it another chance. Maybe then peiople will start to like it more so. I mean if your gonna cancel TCS you might as well can American Dad. That shows no winner either!!!!!

  • Brad

    Not surprised about the near certain canceling of The Cleavland Show.. I always thought from the start it would be canceled soon. Quagmire is always the best option to go with, in my opinion.

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