FOX: 'Touch' Will Be Canceled, And That's The Last Time It'll Be In This Headline

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

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April 30th, 2013

Click this link for the latest FOX renewal / cancellation information:

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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- April 28, 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 no more eps to be produced 0.75
Raising Hope* renewed 0.80
The Mindy Project renewed 0.83
Bob's Burgers renewed 1.01
American Dad renewed 1.10
Glee renewed 1.12
Bones renewed 1.14
New Girl renewed 1.14
The Simpsons renewed 1.23
The Following renewed 1.38
Family Guy renewed 1.44

The cancellation bear apologizes for once again putting Touch will be canceled into the head line yet again. He had no choice, it's the last week before final guesses and all of Fox's recent renewals left him no choice!

But the obvious ends next week, Tuesday, May 7, when all our final guesses will be in!

Note that for the time being (and perhaps forever) Fox is going with the PR smoke & mirrors that The Cleveland Show isn't canceled, but in fact will simply "have no further episodes produced". I'll play along for a week.

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.

  • Jon

    @dralanforce…..Why would a cable network save a show as horribly rated as Touch. There really isn’t anything to save at this point. It’s just not a show that’s going to lend itself to many new viewers. I got bored with it half way into season one to tell you the truth.

  • Jon

    @ Sarah…right now any way you slice it, Bones is still Fox’s second best performing drama on the network. It isn’t going anywhere, unless something catastrophic happens to it’s ratings next year, or all of a sudden all the new shows surpass it in the demo, which is unlikely.

  • Dan

    Bones wont move to friday. No matter how old it is. I would be surprised if it moved to Fridays at 8 because FOX needs it on Monday to launch a new drama.

  • Sarah


    Bones may be the second best performing drama (third if you count Glee), but since Monday night I’ve read a lot of comments from people that said they were not going to watch anymore or at least until the current serial killer storyline is finished because of the ending.

  • Sarah


    I didn’t pay attention to the fact that as of last week Bones’ average is better than Glee’s. My bad.

  • Trey

    This will free Tim Kring up for the Heroes reboot.

    Excellent /Mr. Burns voice

  • Kaitlin

    Based on how the FOX Tuesday comedy block went this year, I don’t think FOX is going to try and rework it next year. They tried to anchor the full Tuesday night lineup around New Girl and it didn’t bode well for any show.

  • The End

    @Why would a cable network save a show as horribly rated as Touch.

    I guess they could dump on FX. That being said, there’s more chance of seeing pigs fly.

  • roly


  • Sheri

    Judging from the outcry on the Bones FB page and on TV Guide’s article about the season closer, I’m not alone in thinking that Bones’s season finale was the Jump The Shark moment for that show. They totally compromised Booth’s character and personality and integrity for the sake of an angsty cliff hanger about the current “bad guy” in the show. The bad guy has become omnipotent and the story line has been beaten to death, and the creators have said they plan to keep the story line going for a while longer. A huge number of fans have said that they’re done after that episode or if they don’t off the character in It will be interesting to see if really drops the shows ratings in the fall. Personally, I see this as something akin to the way Horatio Caine became an invincible mercenary in later seasons of CSI: Miami and tanked the show…

  • ECN

    “No more episodes will be produced” means they probably have already-produced episodes that have not aired — a lot of those animated shows are produced as much as a year in advance.

  • Cory

    I love when I see people say “why did they have to cancel (insert show), now I don’t have hardly anything to watch.” My immediate thought is maybe you shouldn’t be so close-minded and give other shows a chance. I currently watch 35 different shows (a few are summer/fall and short season shows)and only a couple on my list are up for cancellation. Now inevitably someone will be tempted to post the “you need to get a life” comment so let me just say up front, I get to watch ALL of these shows while I’m at work getting paid. I don’t watch any TV at home except the occasional movie or two. My point here is that if the shows you are watching are getting cancelled, open up your horizons and give other shows a chance. You never know what you might actually like until you start watching it.

  • langslow


    All episodes of the Cleveland show that have been produced will have aired by the end of the season.

  • Sarah


    I’m giving them until the Christmas break to fix their mistake and get rid of the Pelant storyline for good then I’m done if they don’t. And while I don’t want the ratings to hit rock-bottom, I do hope there’s backlash. I know that’s mean to say, but that ending was extremely cruel, stupid, wrong, and completely unnecessary, IMO.

  • Duarte

    08:00 Bones
    09:00 Sleepy HOllow / The Following (18 eps.)

    08:00 The Mindy Project
    08:30 The Gabriels
    09:00 New Girl
    09:30 Two Wrongs

    08:00 The X Factor / American Idol

    08:00 The X Factor / American Idol
    09:00 Boomerang

    08:00 Glee
    09:00 Wild Blue (14 eps) / Rake (14 eps)

    08:00 Murder Police
    08:30 The Simpsons
    09:00 Family Guy
    09:30 American Dad

  • The End


    People without a Nielsen box who claim they’l stop watching a show or network don’t count anyway. They really don’t.

  • CancelationBeaver

    @ Duarte

    The Following got a 15-episode order not 18.

  • Interested Viewer


    Deadline is reporting today that Fox may give series orders to as many as five comedies and three dramas. If they don’t keep the Tuesday comedy block, where will all those comedies go? See my earlier schedule comment for a proposed schedule that included four new comedies and three new dramas. Maybe I’m not so far off?

  • Emma

    meh, there’s ALWAYS an outcry after every single Bones finale and the ratings have always stayed solid and I suspect there won’t be an extremely significant drop next season either.

    And another thing, what is it with people and the stupid ‘JUMP THE SHARK’ comment in relation to Bones?!

  • Sarah


    The difference this time is that the ending was extremely cruel, stupid, wrong, and completely unnecessary. And the only reason it was there is because TPTB thought they “needed” a “dramatic” cliffhanger for next season. But as it is, there’s nothing to look forward to except the serial killer FINALLY dying and he’s not even in the first couple episodes. All that’s JMO, though.

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