FOX: 'Touch' Is Certain To Be Canceled

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

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February 12th, 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- February 10, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The Mob Doctor* canceled 0.31
Fringe* (F) final season complete 0.50
Touch :oops: 0.50
Ben And Kate* canceled 0.60
The Cleveland Show :cry: :cry: 0.65
The Mindy Project :| :| :| 0.81
Raising Hope :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.82
New Girl :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.13
Bones renewed 1.15
Glee :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.15
Bob's Burgers renewed 1.15
American Dad renewed 1.18
The Simpsons renewed 1.36
Family Guy renewed 1.53
The Following :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.57

An anecdote from last May's Fox upfront meeting was amusing, and is again topical. When asked what he would tell Kiefer Sutherland after his show (Touch) was being moved to Friday, Fox chief Kevin Reilly replied "Hey, you're still on the air". After last Friday's disastrous premiere ratings (1.1, 0.9 for the hours) for Touch, I wonder what he'll tell him now that the show is certain to be canceled?

Even though it's not in the calculations above, I did see the drop in The Following's ratings last night. It will have to drop a lot further before it's in any danger, but there must now be at least a little "Alcatraz Anxiety" at Fox.

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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.

Want to know what the Fox Renew/Cancel Index table looked like at the end of the Fall season? Click here.


  • :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.

  • mando

    Actually I don’t care

  • rob60990

    The Following going



  • BigBrotherFan

    I fell asleep watching TOUCH.
    Unheard of cause I never fall asleep watching a show.
    TOUCH IS THAT BORING! I don’t know if I say it’s horrible, I mean, the acting is quality..No doubt but man the story is a total SNOOZEFEST and does KIEFER have to say his sons name every darn second?



  • Jeff

    Isn’t Touch hugely successful internationally though? Won’t that keep it on longer?

  • matt

    Following going so far down, that its still a certain renewal, lol. Keep it up Following haters

  • Kevin

    @ rob60990

    Please die.

  • Bill Gorman

    “Isn’t Touch hugely successful internationally though? Won’t that keep it on longer?”

    I admit that if that’s a tongue in cheek Fan Excuse Bingo play, you got me.

    If it was serious, no.

  • JacobYates

    Terra Nova was a huge success internationally. Does that answer your question?

  • Carlos

    wasn’t The Mindy Project upgrated?

  • Bill Gorman

    “wasn’t The Mindy Project upgrated?”

    By Robert (Bubblewatch). Not yet by me.

  • Rebecca

    I didn’t watch the S2 premiere of Touch yet and perhaps now I won’t. I liked S1 for the most part but it usually felt like a chore to sit through it. I don’t get why Sutherland always talks the way he does in shows – he can speak normally (saw him on Ellen, didn’t do his hoarse whisper-talk at all). Hard to understand him in Touch and 24 (saw most of that series except for the last season or two).

    Still rooting for Mindy, RH, NG and BB – that’s all I watch on Fox. Mourning BAK and hope the rest of it is online soon.


    The Touch is so gone. Still love the green for RH.

  • JacobYates

    Nobody seems to care enough about touch to even comment on it. That’s sad.

  • Dan

    Touch canceled = 24 movie. YES PLEASE!

  • Dan

    @Bill – Does Mindy Project have a chance at being upgraded soon? It won’t air another new episode until February 19 but its numbers have improved especially against other series in that time slot.

    @Jacob Yates – International sales is rarely an indication of anything. The fact about Terra Nova is that it was way to expensive to produce and its numbers weren’t high enough to justify another season. That’s the simple solution. That doesn’t matter with Touch, the numbers do and right now the numbers are garbage.

    FOX put up with Fringe’s garbage ratings on Fridays simply because they must have really liked the show and would hope numbers would improve (This was around Jan-May 2011) however the following season when they didn’t, FOX gave the show a nice little wrap up. Shows almost never succeed on Fridays for FOX but its rare that a show survives 2 and a half seasons in a slot and gets to wrap up.

    Touch is not Fringe however, FOX is just using Touch to just have a show in that slot until May and it will be cancelled then. The numbers are at Fringe levels and thats not what FOX wants. Next season they will try something new Fridays at 8 and 9 likely but until then they will put up with 11 more episodes of Touch.


    @ Rob60990

    Best comment I’ve seen all day!




  • Bill Gorman

    “Does Mindy Project have a chance at being upgraded soon?”

    Yes, I’d have probably done it this week (Robert already did), but I wanted to space things out a bit, and the Touch premiere was much more “newsy”.

  • tscchope

    Nah, Fox could run repeats of Bones and Glee and do at least as well, if not better.

  • karin

    the Following next week < Bones , and under 2.0 quickly,imho

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