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.

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.

  • Dan S

    There’s no way RH or any comedy will go to Fri on Fox. I see that night reserved for reality shows like KItchen Nightmares. Possibly another drama on the bubble could air on Fri but most likely reserved to burn off a show. I think the 1 show that could timeshare Mon at 9pm with The Following is the new Greg Kinnear show Rake.

  • dref22

    So will Fox have a new show next season?

  • AppleStinx

    PurpleDrazi wrote: “…On the plus side, it has the best Bear pic. I wanna scream at the guy “Turn Around!” :-)

    Not to worry. Gordon Buchanan was safe inside a “bomb-proof” enclosure prepared for the attack, which did happen. :cool:

  • Dan

    Its not the same as Mistresses, its clearly a burn off. Mistresses for ABC and Unforgettable’s second season for CBS were both Planned for the summer. The Goodwin Games like ABC’s Family Tools and likely CBS’s Friend Me and NBC’s Save me are shows that were intended for spring but for some reason didn’t make the schedule.

    @Bill – My guess is bad timing killed The Goodwin Games. Fox saw around January that the two hour comedy block was failing with Ben & Kate being the weak link so instead of running out B&K or plugging in The Goodwin Games, FOX thought in terms of Tuesdays to just air Hell’s Kitchen after doubling up and burning through Raising Hope. Think about it, did FOX think they had a chance with Raising Hope & The Goodwin Games in March against DWTS, NCIS, and The Voice which are 3 of ABC, CBS, & NBC’s highest rated series. Hell’s KItchen is better competition, so my best bet is that a combination of the block failing and maybe FOX not having faith in the show that led to the burnoff.

  • Dan

    Lets take a poll, If you were a Fox exec against NCIS, DWTS and The Voice would you air

    Raising Hope/The Goodwin Games


    Hell’s Kitchen

    And the same thing happened midseason with ABC’s comedies Family Tools and How to Live With Your Parents, ABC knew their Tuesday block was failing so instead of 2 hour comedy, they sailed their 2 midseason comedies to Wednesday sandwiched with veterans while Tuesday got Celebrtiy Wife Swap and The Taste.

  • Chris

    MRE/BC: Meal ready to eat/ bear chow.

  • Hanna

    Here is what I think FOX will do..

    Boomerang/The Following

    Boomerang seems quite cable-y so they might stick to shorter runs meaning it will fit in before The Following opens on midseason.


    The X Factor/American Idol
    Dads (When there is only 1.5 hours on)

    The X Factor/American Idol (Cut results to half hour)
    New Girl
    Friends & Family
    The Mindy Project

    Raising Hope
    Kitchen Nightmares/Glee Midseason

    Bob’s Burgers
    The Simpsons
    Family Guy
    American Dad

  • Scott M

    I think you’ve got Cleveland Show a little worse than it should be. It’s basically getting the same ratings at 8:30 that Bob’s Burgers was and it seems like Fox keeps these shows around a while at least for filler. Of course maybe they’ve got 30 more episodes to air and figure they cancel it now and keep airing the unaired episodes for the next year.

  • Bill Gorman

    “I think you’ve got Cleveland Show a little worse than it should be. It’s basically getting the same ratings at 8:30 that Bob’s Burgers was and it seems like Fox keeps these shows around a while at least for filler. Of course maybe they’ve got 30 more episodes to air and figure they cancel it now and keep airing the unaired episodes for the next year.”

    Those who keep track of such things far better than I do tell me that available new Cleveland episodes will be all used by the end of this season.

    With no announced renewal already and the lengthy production time for animated shows, it can’t have episodes ready for Fall.

    Plus, “Cleveland Show Certain To Be Canceled” is a headline in waiting ;)

  • Dan

    @Scott M – No The Cleveland Show is right where it should be.

    1) Its numbers are lower than all other animated series

    2) All ordered episodes will have been aired by May 19

    3) FOX has still not ordered a fifth season, something they need to do for animated shows ahead of time.

    And they wont just order more eps of an animated show to figure that they’ll cancel it. Its the opposite they will just burn through the order and then cancel it the next year.

    Unless FOX orders a miracle fifth season, The Cleveland Show is done.

  • Jim

    Okay, since The Goodwin Games debuts after the FOX BC’s upfronts, what would happen if the Goodwin Games gets cancelled as part of the networks’ spring cleaning, yet still airs all of its 7 episodes?

    How a new TV show gets itself screwed by the network: A new show is announced at the upfronts for next season; then, its premiere date is continuously delayed; next, its episode order is cut; after that, the network announces its debut for 20 May, which is after the upfronts for the following season. Finally, the network ends up cancelling the show anyway.

    “The network repeatedly delays its premiere date”; Another idea for a Fan Excuse Bingo square.

  • Jonay

    Why would FOX order an extra sitcom (The Goodwin Games)???? they didn’t need its like they are wasting money on purpose

  • Lukes

    it’s fun to see Glee sticking out in the midst of that renewed block

  • Dan

    @Jonay – It makes sense why FOX ordered it. They figured last May that In their 2 hour comedy block, 1 show would inevitably fail. Ben & Kate was that show, which is why instead of 22 eps, B&K got 19 so If FOX timeshared Ben & Kate with Goodwin Games they would have 26 new eps between the shows. Midseason replacements can either come in handy to fill holes (Smash, Body of Proof, Deception, The Following, Rules of Engagement) or they could just not air anywhere (Save Me, Friend Me, The Goodwin Games, The Family Tools)

    @Lukes – Once FOX straightens out contracts and negotiations and such, Glee will join the other renewed shows, Glee is a more complicated show to renew. If Glee was renewed too than this renew/cancel index would be boring with just Touch and The Cleveland Show.

  • Oliver

    The reason Fox hasn’t aired The Goodwin Games in-season is because they think it’s bad. Beginning and end of discussion.

    If they thought the show was good then they would have found schedule space (and not cut its order).

    (I still don’t think you can assume Save Me will air in Summer).

  • Lyle

    “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.”

    I suspect we’ll find out by May 27. The pilot may be good but if the show were falling apart creatively, we’ll start seeing it with the second episode.

  • PurpleDrazi


    If only FOX knew then what they know now.

    Ah, but there is the problem isn’t it. They DON’t know. This simple truth is what nullifies all the “at least the ratings are steady” and “there’s no guarantee they can do better” arguments that people on this board make. The future is unknown. What *is* known is that they have a show now that is not doing well in the ratings. Why stick with something you know is bad when there is a chance that you could do better?

  • snoot

    Maybe Fox is offering The Goodwin Games as a sacrifice to the Bear?

  • yusei fudo

    FOX 2013 2014 schedule
    7:00pm:American Dad
    7:30pm:Bob’s Burgers
    8:00pm:The Simpsons
    8:30pm:New animated comedy
    9:00pm:Family Guy
    9:30pm:Axe Cop
    8:00pm:The List (13-14 episodes)
    Mid season

    9:00pm:The Following
    8:00pm:Raising Hope(13 episodes)
    8:30pm:The Mindy Project(13 episodes)
    9:00pm:New Girl
    9:30pm:To My Future Assistant
    8:00pm:Hell’s Kitchen
    9:00pm:New Girl
    9:30pm:To My Future Assistant
    8:00pm:The X-Factor
    9:30pm:I Suck At Girls (9 episodes)
    8:00pm:American Idol
    9:30pm:UNTITLED ALEC SULKIN/WELLESLEY WILD comedy (6 episodes)
    8:00pm:The X-Factor
    9:00pm:Delirium (13 episodes)
    8:00pm:American Idol
    9:00pm:Glee (18 episodes)
    9:00pm:Kitchen Nightmares

  • The Rookie

    My questions:

    Why did they have to film all episodes for the season (by contract)?

    Why wasn’t it evaluated at the filming of the 2nd or 3rd episode? (like the NBC show with Dane Cook that was cancelled before airing).

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