FOX: 'Glee' Still Certain To Be Renewed, Anti-Fans Can Only Gnash Their Teeth

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

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April 9th, 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- April 7, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The Mob Doctor* canceled 0.31
Touch (F) :oops: 0.38
Fringe* (F) final season complete 0.50
Ben And Kate* canceled 0.60
The Cleveland Show :oops: 0.80
Raising Hope renewed 0.80
The Mindy Project renewed 0.83
Bob's Burgers renewed 1.06
Glee :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.12
American Dad renewed 1.14
New Girl renewed 1.14
Bones renewed 1.15
The Simpsons renewed 1.27
The Following renewed 1.43
Family Guy renewed 1.46

With effectively no suspense at all left with Fox's renewal and cancellation decisions, the cancellation bear is forced to continue to highlight the obvious.

While it's certain that Glee will be renewed, the cancellation bear receives a constant stream of inquiries hopeful of its cancellation from the show's anti-fans. Sadly for them, teeth gnashing over the outcome is inevitable.

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.

  • StevenD

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see glee Thursday at 9 for 13 episodes, then a new drama/comedy block takes it place after debuting post Super Bowl

  • Nick


    Tuesday is Fox’s #1 night in terms of ratings

    Are you kidding me? Tuesday hasn’t been Fox’s #1 night for years, even when Glee was there. Using my rough estimates, Tuesday this season, with the four comedy block, averaged about 1.6. That’s #5 for the week, behind Weds (3.0), Thurs (2.5), Mon (2.2), and Sun (1.8).

  • ars041

    In my personal opinion if American Idol would let go Nicki Minaj after this season and maybe Mariah Carey and bring in someone people actually like, The ratings will go back up. Not to where it was a couple years ago of course but I could see it getting mid 4s again considering the audience has tuned out because of Nicki. For everyone thinking Glee should only be 13 episodes, glee is a show that is meant to be 22 episodes so 13 isn’t very realistic. Be classy now guys.

  • Networkman

    I feel FOX needs to rejuvenate their Tuesday night. Also It is time to prepare for the end of The Simpsons and begin to break up the Animation Domination. I think that Glee would be great counterprogramming to Football and the older skewing programs on CBS, that it would at least be able to hold its current ratings on Sunday.

    7pm NFL and The OT
    8pm The Simpsons (Final Season)
    8:30pm Family Guy
    9pm Glee

    7pm The Simpsons repeats (Episodes from past 24 seasons)
    7:30 The Simpsons (Final Season)
    8pm Family Guy
    8:30pm *Murder Police
    9pm Glee

    8pm Bones (Final Season)
    9pm *Rake/ Midseason: The Following

    8pm *Untitled JH Wymen Project-FOX needs to put a buzz worthy show here
    Midseason: Hell’s Kitchen
    9pm New Girl
    9:30pm The Mindy Project

    8pm X-Factor/ Midseason: American Idol

    8pm X-Factor Results/American Idol Results
    9pm *Gang Related

    8pm American Dad!
    8:30pm Bob’s Burgers
    9pm Raising Hope
    9:30pm *Goor & Schur Project

    Going into its 9th season, I feel it is time for American Dad! to stand on its own. These shows should be able to get mid to high 1’s throughout the night.

  • Bradleigh H Horton

    The X-Files was FOX’s BEST show on FRIDAY NIGHTS back in the day. More people rather go OUT that night.

  • blackrock1969

    Proposed FOX schedule:

    8:00 Bones
    9:00 Rake (new)/The Following (midseason)

    8:00 Raising Hope
    8:30 Brooklyn 99 (new)
    9:00 New Girl
    9:30 The Mindy Project

    8:00 The X Factor/American Idol (midseason)

    8:00 The X Factor results/American Idol results (midseason)
    9:00 Glee

    8:00 Kitchen Nightmares/Rake (midseason)
    9:00 The List (new)

    7:00 NFL Football/animated repeats
    7:30 The OT/animated repeats/Bob’s Burgers (midseason)
    8:00 The Simpsons
    8:30 Bob’s Burgers/Murder Police (new, midseason)
    9:00 Family Guy
    9:30 American Dad!

    Thoughts are welcome.

  • Fred

    I watched last nights American Idol. Most of the females did a great job singing Dionne Warwick’s classics.
    Probably not going to appeal to the younger demos, but it was entertaining nonetheless.

  • Ben


    Nobody has said anything about The Simpsons having a final season anytime in the near future. They will air that show until the ratings go way down, or when the producers feel it’s time to bring it to an end.

    The Simpsons is way too popular for Fox for them to bring it to an end.
    As long as people want to watch it, they will keep on making new episodes.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    A 24 hour a day Simpsons Channel could run 11 days without showing a repeat. Wow.

  • Fred

    I read in the USA TODAY newspaper that FOX might change into a basic cable channel.

  • lukas

    FOX 2013/2014
    20.00 – Bones
    21.00 – Sleepy hollow NEW
    20.00 – THE X-FACTOR 3 / American Idol 13 (midseason)
    20.00 – THE X-FACTOR 3 / American Idol 13 (midseason)
    21.00 – Delirium NEW
    20.00 – Glee 5 (finale season) / The following 2
    21.00 – Dads
    21.30 – New Girl 3
    20.00 – Hell’s Kitchen / The List (midseason)
    21.00 – Raising hope
    21.30 – Mindy Project

  • The End

    @Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Ironic thing is, such a network would likely out rate most of the shows on The CW too. If a Simpsons network ever came into existance though, it likely wouldn’t run for a full 24 hours.


    Good effort there, that’s a reasonable schedule.


    I agree, but the cast of The Simpsons aren’t getting any younger, it will reach a point where they simply want to move on to other things, they’ve all made enough money to ensure they would live comfortably for the rest of their lives if they retired from voice over work.

    I just can’t see them over recasting any of the The Simpsons made characters. If enough of them want to leave, they’l likely eventually do one final season in the future and a movie to end things on a high. That’s probably what they’re saving The Simpsons Movie 2 for.

  • The End

    *ever recasting any of the The Simpsons main

    Typos. This website needs an edit button.

  • Jim

    Haven’t you ever heard of “going out on top”? It’ll take a mutual business decision to end “The Simpsons” at this point, and that decision will be a difficult one.

    I know they haven’t officially decided if the show is ending anytime soon, but I have a feeling that “The Simpsons” will have aired its last new episode in 2015, so season 26 (if there is one) is pretty likely its final year. Next time the show gets renewed, they’d have to work out a pretty expensive deal. Popular or not popular, I would rather finish strong than continue to air new episodes (or not have story arcs) and oversaturate the syndication package.

  • andri

    I am sick and tired of Gwyn. Paltrow (tiresome kabbala dialogues. Please cancellation glee soon.her funny bone forecasts no future in glee. New girl and the Mindy project eyed themselves in the same directionless trajectories.

  • andri

    How could u continue w/ the Simpson’s on the air and bones?? Neither is raking in a non -primitive 3.0

  • Jake

    Never understand the glee hate– they put a tremendous amount of work to put the show together. If you don’t like it, guess what you can change the channel!

  • Kat

    I don’t understand why so many people feel the need to bash shows they don’t like or hope for their cancellation. I have a lot of shows I don’t enjoy, that I personally think are a waste of time, but I don’t hope they get cancelled because obviously there are people out there who truly enjoy those shows and why would I want to take that joy away from a total someone when I have the power to change the channel with the simple click of a remote. If you don’t like a show, CHANGE THE CHANNEL! A lot of people may not enjoy Glee, but it brought my whole family closer, it’s one of the few shows we ALL enjoy watching together. In my personal opinion, there needs to be a LOT less reality shows on, I get enough reality in- well in my REALITY- but a lot of people love those types of shows. I don’t go around commenting on their message boards saying I hope they get cancelled. Why would I care one way or another? I just don’t watch. For those who hope that they cancel Glee, or any show they personally dislike for that matter, maybe you aren’t aware but your tv has the ability to actually tune in more then ONE channel! If you have a child in your home over the age of 2, they can probably teach you how to change the channels since it seems obvious you haven’t mastered that skill yet. In the meantime, how about instead of trying to control the world, which by the way, you AREN’T the center of (shock), why don’t you focus on your own tv and let people watch what they want on theirs? If you aren’t capable of the simple act of changing a channel, then maybe turn off the tv all together and read a book, it may help your brain to grow beyond pea size.

  • TVFAN2013

    Why do people continue to make schedule predictions? Waste of time.The.broadcast networks will announce their schedules next month.Be patient people Pilot pickups in no way guarantee a greenlit series. It doesnt matter who’ s involved w/the project

  • Tested

    Fox is not going to renew Glee only to put it on the death night of Friday.
    It probably retains more audience after X Factor and Idol than anything else would. I think Fox will find a way to have two inexpensive reality shows on Friday – like Kitchen Nightmares paired with something else.

    I agree that Glee will be renewed. I think the delay is in figuring out exactly what Fox will get for that renewal. Who will be on the show? How much will Fox have to pay for it? The music rights of this show have to be fairly complex as well. It’ll take time, but they’ll do it.

    I love Family Guy, but haven’t gotten into The Cleveland Show. I suspect the discussion that they’ll give it another season to make syndication better is accurate. I do wonder though if Seth Macfarlane is tiring of the cartoons a bit and may want to end all of these shows in the next season or two so he can move on to more live action movies like the well-received Ted.

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