FOX: Why Wasn't 'Glee' Renewed Yesterday?

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

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March 5th, 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- March 3, 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: 0.72
Raising Hope renewed 0.81
The Mindy Project renewed 0.84
Bob's Burgers renewed 1.09
Glee :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.11
New Girl renewed 1.16
American Dad renewed 1.16
Bones renewed 1.17
The Simpsons renewed 1.29
The Following renewed 1.50
Family Guy renewed 1.50

The cancellation bear has been asked lots of questions about why Glee wasn't among the shows renewed by Fox yesterday (none of which were any surprise). The bear assumes it's due to contractual wrangling, but that's just a guess, the bear doesn't work via "inside information". The bear would be startled if Glee wasn't renewed

Where the heck is The Goodwin Games? In an update last week, it's premiere was announced for May 20. May 20? Yep, it's certain to be canceled already, but that's for next week's headline.

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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.

  • matt

    Hold up for Glee could be to extend it for longer than just next season

  • Nick

    What Fox should do for 2013-2014:

    8: Bones
    9: Gang Related (new)/Untitled Wyman/Abrams project (new)
    8: Delirium (new)
    9: New Girl
    9:30: Two Wrongs (new)

    8:  X Factor/ Idol

    8: The X Factor/ Idol
    9: Kitchen Nightmares/ The Following

    8: Glee
    9: Raising Hope
    9:30: Dads (new)

    8: Fox Sports Saturday

    7: The OT/ Cops
    7:30: The OT/ Bob’s Burgers
    8: The Simpsons
    8:30: Bob’s Burgers/ Murder Police (new)
    9: Family Guy
    9:30: American Dad

    P.S. That bear pic’s creepy.

  • Nick

    Forgot Midy for midseason!

  • MaryAnn

    So how on earth are they going to make room for new shows, with this many renewals? Several of the drama pilots look really really good, much better than the current fare. Too bad there is not going to be much room for newcomers.

  • Ultima

    So how on earth are they going to make room for new shows, with this many renewals?

    They renewed 11 scripted shows last season and only 10 this season. They’ll have at least a half dozen new scripted series next year.

  • KJ Styles

    SMH at Goodwin Games. Isn’t May 20th past the upfront date?

  • Ultima

    @KJ Styles
    SMH at Goodwin Games. Isn’t May 20th past the upfront date?

    Yes. The show is clearly not being renewed. They stopped production in November and the cast has been released.

  • tvlog

    Glee didn’t cast well like Fame! Shows like Fame and Glee needs development of new characters for growth for four years! Unless going do Simpson approach! Cast never grow up! No graduation episodes! Cast look old enough file for Social Security but it does job well the viewers we in one long School season!

  • Kimpatsu

    Public information announcement: “it’s” means “it is”. The third person possessive “its” does not contain an apostrophe. Please get this right.
    Thank you.

  • Dan

    @Nick – Its doubtful that Mindy Project will be held for midseason and ore likely The Following will. I can see Glee moving to Fridays and FOX airing a new drama on Mondays and Thursdays at 9 and with neither ABC nor NBC likely airing comedies at 9, I can see FOX trying the 2 hour comedy block out again Tuesdays. I can see Kitchen Nightmares held for midseason again.

  • Ted Craig


    My thought is they didn’t renew The Mindy Project to put it on Fridays at 9:30.

    I would really be surprised if either TNG or TMP moved next season.

  • langslow

    Glee is too expensive to put on Fridays. They would cancel it before moving it to a slot that guarantees to bring in less money..

  • Mya

    8.00 Bones
    9.00 The List (13 eps) / The Following (MIDSEASON 15 eps)

    8.00 Friends & Family
    8.30 New Girl
    9.00 JJ Abrams Project

    8.00 American Idol/X Factor

    8.00 American Idol/X Factor
    9.00 Delirium

    8.00 Glee/Kitchen Nightmares
    9.00 Raising Hope
    9.30 The Mindy Project

    8.00 The Simpsons
    8.30 American Dad
    9.00 Family Guy
    9.30 Dads

    MIDSEASON:Untitled Goor & Schur Comedy, Boomerang, Bob’s Burgers

  • DKD

    Glee probably has the budget of a show that gets the ratings it did two years ago. To get renewed, it probably has to go through some cost cuts.


    I’m fairly sure GLEE is merely about finalizing the budget. I smell a decrease in the per episode average. That’s why it hasn’t been renewed yet. It’s just a matter of justifying lower ratings. They need to work out a deal. Doubtful it goes past season 5 an a bit over 100 episodes though.

  • Ultima

    9.30 Dads

    Why do people keep putting Dads on their fall schedules? It has a six episode order, it’s not going to be on the fall schedule (unless its following a 90-min X Factor).

  • Ted Craig


    Although “Dads” is a Seth McFarlane show, it’s a non-animated Seth McFarlane show. It’s not going on Sundays.

    Also, people, TMP was not a pity renewal. The show attracts a wealthy audience that isn’t sitting at home on a Friday night.

  • tommie

    Ultima: “Why do people keep putting Dads on their fall schedules? It has a six episode order, it’s not going to be on the fall schedule (unless its following a 90-min X Factor).”

    It has a *blind* six episode *commitment* – that doesn’t mean they’re not going to order additional episodes before the fall season begins. Unless they’re not happy with the direction the show is going in, I’m guessing they’ll pair it up with Raising Hope / New Girl / The Mindy Project in the fall.

  • Ted Craig


    You really think McFarlane and TNG/TMP is a good mix?

  • David Howell

    If Dads has a 6ep order I can only sense that’s for Wednesdays after 90min XF. Unless they’re going to do 30min results and throw it against the CBS power hour, which would be reckless.

    Fox’s gaps are: something serialized for 13 before The Following starts its second run of 15 (presumably on Super Bowl Sunday); a lead-out for Raising Hope, or something that can join it in a TGIF spot; one other drama, left to rot on Fridays. (Cleveland Show being subbed for Murder Police is a decision that’s already been made.) Some creative timesharing and short orders would be useful, because eventually Fox is going to have to face the unthinkable – how to survive without American Idol. It’s already losing half-hours on both nights. It’s got a Wednesday 10/9c cable show in its slipstream. And its spinoff is doing even worse.

    Fox need scripted shows and they don’t easily have the slots for them *yet*…

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