FOX: Has 'The Goodwin Games' Been Pre-Canceled? What Would You Call It?

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

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March 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- March 10, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The Mob Doctor* canceled 0.31
Touch (F) :oops: 0.42
Fringe* (F) final season complete 0.50
Ben And Kate* canceled 0.60
The Cleveland Show :cry: :cry: 0.75
Raising Hope renewed 0.81
The Mindy Project renewed 0.84
Bob's Burgers renewed 1.06
American Dad renewed 1.10
New Girl renewed 1.12
Glee :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.13
Bones renewed 1.16
The Simpsons renewed 1.27
Family Guy renewed 1.48
The Following renewed 1.49
The Goodwin Games ?

What is happening with The Goodwin Games? In a scheduling announcement a few weeks ago, its premiere was announced for May 20. May 20? Fox is not going to start airing a show on May 20 that it has any intention of considering for renewal. Not only is that after the Fox upfront presentation, but Fox has been running repeats at 8:30 Tuesdays already when it could have aired The Goodwin Games.

Does that make it "pre-canceled", "canceled before airing", "instant bear chow". Amuse the cancellation bear with your own designations in the comments.

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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.

  • Raykov

    Maybe Fox (and by it’s looks the other networks) are trying to do a summer schedule with original episodes and The Goodwin Games are their try-out show. If it works – good for them, if it doesn’t – they didn’t really care about the show anyway.

  • Joel

    Goodwin games was one of the shows I was most looking forward to after upfronts. FOX did it again. At this point I am hoping the show isnt good and thats why they pushed it back. Because if this is like what NBC did with Bent it will break my heart

  • Bill Gorman

    @Raykov, The Goodwin Games scheduling isn’t a “let’s go scripted in the summer” play, it’s a dead show burn off. Not clear what went wrong with the show, we’ll likely never know.

  • Adriii

    DOA (COA)

  • Nick R

    I prefer to call it a “Special One Time Event”! Like the Olympics or the Super Bowl, start selling those expensive commercials now!

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Goodwin Games? More like The Cancellation Bear Olympics!

    But yeah, I too was looking forward to watching it. I’ll still watch it, but I’m fully aware that by mid-July it’ll probably be a forgotten memory.

  • Katie_Mead

    The Goodwin Games = original scripted summer fare, perhaps? As in, a deliberate attempt to see how well/poorly such programming would go?

  • Bill Gorman

    “The Goodwin Games = original scripted summer fare, perhaps? As in, a deliberate attempt to see how well/poorly such programming would go?”

    Like The Good Guys?

    Nah, see my comment above.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Fox’s Renew/Cancel index is so borning now. On the plus side, it has the best Bear pic. I wanna scream at the guy “Turn Around!” :-)

  • Josh

    CRE: Cancellation, Ready-to-Eat

  • Bill Gorman

    “CRE: Cancellation, Ready-to-Eat”

    Comment thread win.

  • Wowza

    The GOodwin Games was the most promising new comedy oddly.


    Can’t beat CRE, so I won’t even try.

    So there is my comment!

  • JuliannaBastos on Twitter

    Bill, so what do you say about ABC’s “Mistresses”? Is it in the same situation?

  • Wowza

    It really is an odd story. Really jsut the oddest.
    FOX doesnt want to be seen as the six episode and done network. Thats why they aired all of The Mob Doctor to let it end properly enough as it knew it was not getting renewed and wanted all thirteen to go ahaead and air. They should not ahve cnacelled the following shows: The Chiccago Code. Ever. It needed renewed. It should be on season three. If only FOX knew then what they know now.

    Also, The FOllowing is big. They still need another Drama to be big though. One more. Just one . Next season the gamble is on you. It better be a big show. They will maybe show it after the Supwerbowl. A bit huge premiere after the sper bowl seems in order.

  • Rebecca

    Love that pic – polar bear photo bomb! All my Fox shows are safe.

  • MichaelChickless

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

  • Neil

    The Goodwin Games is a #DIV/0! show walking.

  • Bill Gorman

    “Bill, so what do you say about ABC’s “Mistresses”? Is it in the same situation?”

    Not comparable as far as I can tell. Mistresses was initially discussed as a late May, 2013 premiere after The Bachelor during the ABC upfront in May, 2012, so it wasn’t like the show was ordered for the season, then problems happened, and it got shoved to off season. That was the original stated intent.

  • tv#1

    Possible Fall 2013 Fox Schedule could be…


    The Wild Blue

    The X-Factor

    The X-Factor
    New Girl
    Friends and Family

    Kitchen Nightmares
    Raising Hope
    The Mindy Project

    The Simpsons
    Bob’s Burgers
    Family Guy
    American Dad

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