FOX: 'Touch' Is Dead, 'Mindy Project' Probably Not; While The Bear's Waiting For 'The Goodwin Games'

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

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February 26th, 2013

Click this link for the latest FOX renewal / cancellation information:

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: 0.43
Fringe* (F) final season complete 0.50
Ben And Kate* canceled 0.60
The Cleveland Show :cry: :cry: 0.64
Raising Hope :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (renewed 3/4) 0.82
The Mindy Project :) :) :) :) (renewed 3/4) 0.82
Glee :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.10
Bob's Burgers renewed 1.12
New Girl :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (renewed 3/4) 1.15
American Dad renewed 1.15
Bones renewed 1.16
The Simpsons renewed 1.32
Family Guy renewed 1.49
The Following :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (renewed 3/4) 1.50

3/4 Update: No surprises as The Following, New Girl, The Mindy Project & Raising Hope were all renewed.
If you've got the sense that there's not much new I can think of to talk about with Fox show futures this week, you'd be right.

After two successive weeks of 0.7 adults 18-49 ratings for Touch, it is stone cold dead. Treat its Fan Excuse Bingo players with pity. Or derision. At your personal discretion.

The Mindy Project ratings still have it positioned as likely to be renewed.

Where the heck is The Goodwin Games anyway? Other than an episode order reduction from 13 to 7 by Fox already, there's been no more news about it.

The cancellation bear will twiddle his thumbs (such as his paws have) and wait.

Better to Follow The Bear, Than Be Chased By Him. This season you can follow the Cancellation Bear on Twitter via @TheCancelBear. The Cancellation Bear will retweet all the Renew/Cancel Index post titles and links as well as engage in a little more back and forth banter than we do on our standard @TVbytheNumbers Twitter feed.

*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.

  • Jonay

    I think FOX should take away the Tuesday comedy block and move all exiting comedies to Fridays so that they can launch a new drama in the Tuesday slot?

  • SJ


    …and yet, when people say the same thing about Save Me over on NBC, you disagree. Just sayin’. ;)

    I guess Goodwin Games could take New Girl’s time slot in March and April. NG only has 6 episodes left to air after the scheduled March 12 airing and one episode airs following American Idol. That’s five episodes in a ten-week span. TGG has seven episodes, which can air back to back for four weeks. That seems like the only in-season solution to me. But it’s likely looking at a summer run. Bummer, it was the only comedy I was looking forward to this season.

  • Kate

    To the people saying that The Mindy Project is dead, what do you want FOX to do? Only renew all cartoons plus New Girl and Raising Hope(probably for a short season anyway) and then put on all new comedies? Do you know how hard it is for a show to take off and find it’s audience all in that short amount of time that new shows are given? Look at Ben and Kate and almost every new show on NBC, Go On was doing fine but now its ratings are low 1s and The New Normal is doing even worse. Mindy is stable. It may not be a ratings giant but they’re stable and that’s more then most shows can say for themselves. Give it the proper time slot and it will thrive. (I’m not saying it’s going to start being a super performer, I’m not that blind but the show is finally coming into it’s own and starting to find it’s legs so hopefully people will start tuning in. I don’t think it will ever get to New Girl numbers but I think the numbers are passable.)

  • Ultima

    The Goodwin Games fell victim to the Becky Newton curse. Clearly the gods don’t want her to become a star. Maybe people think she was too annoying on Ugly Betty or something…

    I think I’m the only person who liked her character on HIMYM. Of course, I never saw Ugly Betty…

  • Jared

    Why would Fox even bothering launching Goodwin Games considering how short the episode order is. Just burn this show off for a couple weeks over the Summer and call it a day.

  • Sky

    I know that we’ll know what shows will be airing next season by the Upfronts, but when is the schedule announced? Is it during the Upfronts as well?

  • Holly


    I know that we’ll know what shows will be airing next season by the Upfronts, but when is the schedule announced? Is it during the Upfronts as well?

    Yes. The schedule is usually given to the press either the night before or a couple of days ahead of time. Be warned though, there will be a lot of “leaked” schedules in the weeks leading up to upfronts, most of which are inaccurate.

  • omabin


    No, I actually loved her character on HIMYM too, but again, I have never watched Ugly Betty either.


    I agree 100% with this. My problem with Fox scheduling is that I have no idea what to do with Glee. It has completely collapsed after American Idol, so it clearly doesn’t deserve to remain there, especially because the slot needs to be put to better use while it still has value. However, if it is incapable of holding there, what to say of any other slot? It cannot come back to tuesdays, it simply can’t, the voice would murder it without pitty. People have suggested moving it to fridays, but I think is way too young skewing for that, even though at this point that is honestly that appeals to me the most. It would be a final season but honestly what else is there for the show? Assuming this, Fox could have two comedies on tuesdays, two comedies on thursdays, plus raising hope on frday spackle mode. A new drama on monday and a new drama on tuesday. I would love to have new girl following the talent shows on thursday, but I don’t think they will go with an all new tuesday, so:

    New Drama

    New Drama
    New Girl
    New Comedy

    The X-Factor

    The X-Factor
    New Comedy
    New Comedy

    Raising Hope
    Raising Hope

    Kitchen Nightmares to take over Raising Hope once it is done. Even in this case I am not sure I would renew Mindy to be honest. Maybe just for stability purposes for a 13 ep season to see if summer does it any good, and if not, replace it at midseason..

  • Tom


    Again, I think Tuesday is Glee/New Girl/NEW COMEDY.
    I think Friday is Raising Hope/NEW COMEDY/Something (maybe Hell’s Kitchen?), where the entire night is in delayed start spackle mode.

    (Admittedly, Fox could go with Mindy on Friday instead of a new comedy, but I think it’s more likely a low risk, low cost family comedy that’s more of a thematic match to RH.)

  • samurai99

    Too bad for the Cleveland show. Ah well, I only watch the Adult Swim reruns so I can’t complain.

    Animation Domination really makes Fox look more successful than they are, huh?

  • Ultima

    Animation Domination really makes Fox successful

    FIFY! ;)

  • Oliver


    Save Me is a different situation because they’re still filming the show. They could have easily pulled the plug but haven’t.

  • Cammie

    @Tom- Glee is too mature for the 8 o’clock hour. Swap it for 9 o’clock and that might work.

  • Ultima

    Glee is too mature for the 8 o’clock hour

    I could have sworn Glee was the #1 scripted show on TV when it aired at 8pm two years ago.

  • Cammie

    @Ultima- Have you seen it lately? The jokes, storylines, sex scenes are beyond family hour viewing.

  • Joseph

    Touch is the definition of “Underrated”… It’s really one of my favorite shows! :(

  • Ultima

    Have you seen it lately?

    Never seen it.

    family hour viewing

    If there is family oriented programming, obviously it should be shown earlier in the night, but that doesn’t mean that 8pm is necessarily restricted to family programming.

  • Dan

    @Bill – Best guess for Goodwin Games is that it gets a summer burn off along with New Girl, Mindy Project, and Raising Hope repeats, while Friend Me will probably get a similar burn off this summer.

    My guess is that New Girl, Mindy, and Raising Hope will return to the two hour tuesday block this fall with a new comedy. The best guess is why Goodwin Games didn’t air during the season is that FOX had no faith in the series and due to the comedy block collapse no where to air it.

  • Sky

    I remember back in season 1, Ryan Murphy kept saying that Glee wasn’t a family show. And he was right. But then season 2 happened, Fox moved the show to 8pm, and the writing suffered for it, IMO. It may have done very well in the ratings that season, but the tone changed to cater to a younger demographic. Eventually, the 18-49 crowd realized this, and the ratings have been continually declining since.

    Glee may be on at 9pm now, but they aren’t getting back the viewers they already lost. They just need to figure out how to stop bleeding the ones they still have.

    I personally think Glee is one of the tougher scheduling decisions Fox will have to make for next season. The 8pm vs. 9pm aspect of it all seems minor compared to deciding on what night it should air. It’s actually what keeps throwing me off in terms of even speculating what Fox’s schedule will look like for the fall.

  • madbengalsfan85

    Something else to consider…at some point in the near future FOX is going to have to groom the heir apparent to Bones…because as much as I love it, Bones won’t last forever. Touch isn’t it, Mob Doctor wasn’t it, and the Following can’t be it (due to its half-season schedule)

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