FOX: 'The Mindy Project' Now Likely To Be Renewed

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February 19th, 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 14, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The Mob Doctor* canceled 0.31
Touch (F) :oops: 0.50
Fringe* (F) final season complete 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: 0.81
Glee :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.07
New Girl :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.13
Bones renewed 1.14
Bob's Burgers renewed 1.15
American Dad renewed 1.17
The Simpsons renewed 1.36
The Following :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.47
Family Guy renewed 1.52

This is a special "short week" holiday edition of the Fox Index, having been written the evening of Friday, February 15 with ratings through only February 14.

Once Ben & Kate was yanked from Fox's Tuesday night schedule, both New Girl and The Mindy Project ratings moved upwards. New Girl was never in danger, but The Mindy Project's prospects have elevated enough to make it "likely to be renewed".

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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.

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  • gwen

    Tried and tried to watch Mindy but its just unfunny to me.

  • Ben

    I’m not sure about the all new night (Tuesday). Other than that, solid schedule.

  • Ultima

    @The Hafk
    I’m surprised there isn’t already a syndication deal in place

    Probably because this is the first full season that Bob’s Burgers has aired. My guess would be a significant episode order along with a syndication deal in the next couple of months.

  • blackrock1969

    Suggested Fox fall schedule:

    8:00 Bones
    9:00 Rake (new)/The Following (midseason)

    8:00 Raising Hope
    8:30 untitled Andy Samberg (new)
    9:00 New Girl
    9:30 The Mindy Project/Dads (new, midseason)

    8:00 The X Factor/American Idol (midseason)

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

    8:00 Kitchen Nightmares/Rake (midseason)
    9:00 The List (new)

    7:00 NFL on Fox/animated reruns
    7:30 The OT/Bob’s Burgers (midseason)
    8:00 The Simpsons
    8:30 Bob’s Burgers/Murder Police (new, midseason)
    9:00 Family Guy
    9:30 American Dad!

    Thoughts are welcome.

  • Michael

    Rather than cancelling “The Cleveland Show,” why not just roll it back into “Family Guy,” and air FG twice on Sunday Nights? “The Mindy Project” has some potential, so if it’s borderline, I’d keep it.

  • DeanW

    My schedule

    8:00 – Bones
    9:00 – NEW DRAMA / The Following

    8:00 – Raising Hope
    8:30 – NEW COMEDY
    9:00 – Glee

    8:00 – The X-Factor / American Idol

    8:00 – The X-Factor / American Idol
    9:00 – New Girl
    9:30 – The Mindy Project

    8:00 – Kitchen Nightmares
    9:00 – NEW REALITY

    8:00 – The Simpsons
    8:30 – Bob’s Burgers
    9:00 – Family Guy
    9:30 – American Dad !

  • Jon

    So Ben & Kate was dragging down the whole night? I just don’t buy that excuse. Did anyone even notice it left except the 10 people that watched it. I was actually one of those 10. So I guess a bunch of people got together and said hmmmm, Ben & Kate is not on anymore, we can go back to watching fox’s comedies. I think it has more to do with the fact that the quality of programming on other networks opposite the two shows has gone down. ABC is airing the Taste (who cares about that show). Go on has fizzled, and the New Normal has died. Honestly I don’t know if TNN got new writers midseason, but the quality of the episodes has dropped off the cliff. Honestly if your pulling less than 2.0 on a Tuesday night, does your show really deserve to be renewed, and for much of the year it was under 1.5.

  • The End

    Baffled why people keep putting Raising Hope on Friday, in 1 hour slots no less. Production of this show takes longer than 12 weeks to do in ite entirety, you would need weeks with no new episodes, or re runs to even make it work.

    I can say with absolute certainty that Raising Hope will never be on Friday.

  • Ben

    9-Glee (fall)/NEW DRAMA (winter,January-March)/Glee (spring, March-May)

    8-Raising Hope
    8:30-The Mindy Project
    9-New Girl
    9:30-NEW COMEDY

    8-The X Factor/American Idol
    9:30-NEW COMEDY

    8-The X Factor/American Idol
    9-NEW DRAMA/The Following

    8-Kitchen Nightmares
    9-ENCORE PROGRAMMING-(Repeat)The X Factor/American Idol repeat of Wednesday (shortened to fit timeslot)

    9-ENCORE PROGRAMMING-(Repeat)The X Factor/American Idol repeat of Thursday

    7-The OT/ENCORE PROGRAMMING-Family Guy/The Simpsons-Repeat from previous week
    7:30-The OT/Bob’s Burgers
    8-The Simpsons
    8:30-Bob’s Burgers/American Dad
    9-Family Guy
    9:30-American Dad/Murder Police (NEW)

    Is this a good schedule?

  • Fred

    Read a very long, detailed article in the latest TV GUIDE MAGAZINE regarding the record # of pilots ordered for next season. Very little slots available for FOX (no 10:00 slots and most of Wed and Thurs locked up with X FACTOR/IDOL). So most likely FOX will need to cancel the borderline shows to make room for the pilots. NBC might have to cancel even more because of the disastrous ratings after The Voice and NFL left.
    Should make for a very exciting 2013/2014 season!!

  • POI

    Fox should cancel both Glee and The Mindy Project

  • POI


    If im Honest no its not a good Schedule.

  • Sky

    After reading Fred’s comment, I checked out TV Guide’s site to see how many pilots Fox has ordered – 8 dramas and 7 comedies.

    I do have a question, and I was hoping one of you might know the answer. Typically, how many of these pilots would get picked up by Fox considering they have less prime time hours than other networks?

  • Ultima

    After reading Fred’s comment, I checked out TV Guide’s site to see how many pilots Fox has ordered – 8 dramas and 7 comedies.

    I do have a question, and I was hoping one of you might know the answer. Typically, how many of these pilots would get picked up by Fox considering they have less prime time hours than other networks?

    I expect that FOX will pick up three dramas and either two or three sitcoms (depends on if they renew The Mindy Project). That’s in addition to the six episode, straight-to-series Seth MacFarlane multi-cam and the already picked up animated series (Murder Police).

  • Sky

    Thanks, Ultima! I’m very curious how the schedule will shake out for next season. I imagine that if New Girl and Mindy do well in their post-Idol spot on April 4, both shows could end up there next fall. Then perhaps Tuesdays could be dedicated to one of the new dramas and two new sitcoms.

  • NE1

    Congrats Mindy Project, there’s more to that girl than people realize.

  • gagirl

    I love the Mindy Project. It’s HILARIOUS. So, so glad it wasn’t cancelled! It’s one of the few shows I look forward to every week.

  • PaulH

    The Mindy Project is highly unfunny and should be scrapped..if I were that untalented ugly dumpy dog, I would move to the UK and offer the show to the BBC or Channel 4, as it does not matter about the quality of the script/acting, as long as the show fits the left wing, liberal thought police, ethnic!! I guarantee the show will be commissioned.

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