FOX: 'Touch' Is Certain To Be Canceled; So, What Else Is New? Sadly, Nothing

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

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March 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- March 17, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The Mob Doctor* canceled 0.31
Touch (F) :oops: 0.40
Fringe* (F) final season complete 0.50
Ben And Kate* canceled 0.60
The Cleveland Show :cry: :cry: 0.78
Raising Hope renewed 0.81
The Mindy Project renewed 0.84
Bob's Burgers renewed 1.06
American Dad renewed 1.10
Glee :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.11
New Girl renewed 1.12
Bones renewed 1.16
The Simpsons renewed 1.25
Family Guy renewed 1.44
The Following renewed 1.48

Of course Touch is going to be canceled, but the cancellation bear is wringing every single weekly drop of juice from the orange that is Fox renewal and cancellation decisions at this point. The Goodwin Games, a show not yet on the schedule, was in the headline last week. Glee the week before, and probably The Cleveland Show again next week.

Boring? Of course. Avoidable? The bear doesn't see how. Your suggestions are welcome.

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.

  • Frances Kosac

    Why won’t FOX renew Touch!?? What an EXCELLENT SHOW!!! No, they have to have nothing good out there, only reality crap shows!!! There are so many good shows that just get lost because of the morons in the networks…why?

  • HAPPY!

    8 Bones
    9 The Following (September to December)/NEW JJ Abrams DRAMA (January to end of March)/The Following (April to May)

    8 The X Factor/Idol
    9:30 The Mindy Project

    8 The X Factor/Idol

    8 The X Factor Results/Idol Results
    9 New Girl
    930 NEW COMEDY

    8 Kitchen Nightmares
    9 Glee

    730 The OT/Bob’s Burgers
    8 The Simpsons
    830 Bob’s Burgers/Murder Police
    9 Family Guy
    930 American Dad!

  • Ultima

    @Frances Kosac
    Why won’t FOX renew Touch!?? What an EXCELLENT SHOW!!! No, they have to have nothing good out there, only reality crap shows!!! There are so many good shows that just get lost because of the morons in the networks…why?

    Television is a business. Advertising revenue subsidizes the production costs of the shows. Quality is meaningless if it doesn’t translate to viewers, because quality alone doesn’t pay the bills.

  • Rik

    “Touch” is a great show..both seasons actually, though I could see why people may have tuned out during the first season – the show made you think (God forbid)..and read..and pay attention..this year, it’s more like “24”..with a kid..and no nukes. They dumbed it down for ratings, and don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy it (and I did love “24”), but it doesn’t even resemble the show it started out as. Someday soon, all we’ll have are cartoons and reality shows.

  • Morgan Wick

    Filling in a lot of Fan Excuse Bingo squares this comment thread!

  • tomsman

    @Morgan Wick – I hear you. My bingo marker is drying out…

  • Xerophytes

    Wait. What?

    Touch – a quality show? I hardly can put this show in that category.

    Season 1 got a lot of heart on it. Season 2 is just a moronic hide and seek between two kids. I don’t understand how these kids can communicate each other, and able to predict things but have to do all things in the most complicated way. If they can predict things, why would the girl be in captive in the first place?

  • Connor

    Sad that Touch will be canceled. Is it a great show? No it isn’t. But it isn’t bad either. I am enjoying this season a lot more. Hopefully they finish off the story and don’t leave a cliffhanger.

  • NewGuy

    What FOX should do:

    8:00 – Bones (24 episodes)
    9:00 – Delirium (13 episodes) / The Following (15 episodes)

    8:00 – Raising Hope (24 episodes)
    8:30 – NEW COMEDY
    9:00 – Glee (Final Season, 22 episodes)

    8:00 – The X-Factor / American Idol

    8:00 – The X-Factor / American Idol
    9:00 – New Girl (24 episodes)
    9:30 – The Mindy Project (22 episodes)

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

    7:30 – American Dad ! (20 episodes)
    8:00 – The Simpsons (22 episodes)
    8:30 – Murder Police (13-22 episodes)
    9:00 – Family Guy (22 episodes)
    9:30 – Bob’s Burgers (22 episodes)

  • JacobYates

    If one of FOX’s new dramas performs really well next year in the Monday slot, will FOX give it a full season order? What I’m asking, is can FOX keep the Following off the air for close to a year? That would kill a show like the Following.

  • omabin


    If the new monday drama performs well, it can still have a full season without delaying the following’s return. Two options:
    1. The new show is send to Fridays. This would mean it had an okay, albeit unspectacular performance during fall. So it did not warrant immediate cancelation, although it did not get to keep the monday slot
    2. Bones can be sent to fridays if the new drama really takes of, and that is the one paired with the following in winter and spring. I think Bones would be king of fridays if sent there to be honest, it could probably get 1 or 2 seasons more there. Right now I don’t want it there yet, and Fox needs it way too much, but at some point I think it will happen.

  • JacobYates

    Thanks! That clears up a lot!

  • JS

    Touch is better than most shows on TV. Cult following will hopefully convince Fox to keep it. DVD sales would be big for Touch.

  • JS

    If Touch IS canceled – hopefully, FOX will film a cool series finale in which Martin wakes up from a dream and realizes Jake isn’t real- but he was really just inventing a way to communicate with his daughter- KIM– and Amelia will wake him up at the end – as his grand daughter. Then Jack Bauer will go hug Elisha Cuthbert (Amelia’s mom) and the phone will ring and it’s a conference call between the FBI and the Kenyan Government saying that Obama is a spy and they need Jack to take out the corrupt, overspending Kenyan- who is bankrupting America.. and Jack will leave — ala the NEWHART… and a trailer for 24, the movie will play as the film will be back as a ‘GO’ since Fox screwed up so badly with the marketing and scheduling of ‘Touch.’

  • Ultima

    Cult following will hopefully convince Fox to keep it. DVD sales would be big for Touch.

    Not big enough to make up for its horrible ratings. What’s the point in deluding yourself into thinking it has any chance of being renewed?

    since Fox screwed up so badly with the marketing and scheduling of ‘Touch.’

    It aired after American Idol last year and had a 3.9 for its preview and a 3.4 for its premiere. Complaining about that just makes you look ridiculous.

    Touch failed to hold its audience, it should have been canceled but was gifted a second season (albeit on Fridays and delayed until midseason).

  • Z

    I hope the Cleveland show gets cancelled (whether by divorcing his wife, or just abandoning that story line in general), and Cleveland moves back to Quahog so he is on Family Guy again. That is probably too simple though

  • JS

    @CATSRULE: I agree that Touch is the best show on Fox. Fox pulled a NBC on that show and really screwed it up by moving it to Friday Nights. Hopefully, they’ll be smart and continue it for its Following (which is where it should be partnered next to on Monday Nights, btw). Hopefully, they’ll, at least keep it on Fridays next year- since what’s the difference of a rating point from a 1.7 to a .7- when a 1.7 usually wins the night. Nobody watches tv on a Friday night.

  • dee

    this just bits, Touch is the best writing on tv, Zero Hour was cancelled without an ending. Why can’t these tv people see we WANT TOUCH TO STAY ON…
    Keifer Rocks this one as good as 24.

  • Justin

    I think Touch should be renewed at least for 1 more season. No one gives them any credit. They racked in 9+ million viewers in that preview way back and they stopped advertising after that episode. If they kept advertising, it might have kept a steady 4 million viewers like The Cleveland Show. American Idol, The Cleveland Show, and Glee should all go. Their viewer total has dropped rapidly lately by millions and millions (unlike Touch which the past few few episode numbers have gone up and down). I think that Touch should be advertised more on FOX. It has been really exciting lately and is a really jaw dropping show. Idol has died out since the X-Factor and The Voice. Glee has also died down lately and I believe have run out of ideas. Touch is the youngest of all four shows I’ve talked about and I think that Touch can be a really popular show such as The Following. Anyone else agree or have a different idea?(My facts may be of a little but I believe that they are right.)

  • Neisey

    I like Touch. I would like to see it renewed.

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