Here are FOX’s renew/cancel standings for week 19 of the 2017-18 season.
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|The Exorcist (F) (O)||🐻 🐻||0.41||-0.11|
|Brooklyn Nine-Nine||🐻 🐻||0.65||-0.05|
|The Mick (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.78||0.08|
|The Last Man on Earth (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.9||0.2|
|Gotham||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.88||0.18|
|Lethal Weapon||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.05||0.35|
|LA to Vegas (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.9||0.2|
|The Resident (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||1.5||0.8|
|Bob’s Burgers (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.39||0.69|
|Family Guy (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.29||0.59|
|Ghosted (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||1.18||0.48|
|Lucifer||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.89||0.19|
|The Gifted (O)||Renewed||1.01||0.31|
|Star (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.34||0.64|
|Empire (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.92||1.22|
|The Orville (O)||Renewed||0.99||0.29|
|The Simpsons (O)||Renewed||1.9||1.2|
“Gotham” won’t be back on FOX for another few weeks, but what’s happened at the network since the show last ran a new episode in early December could impact the show’s future.
First, FOX’s parent company announced it was selling off the network’s studio sibling. Then FOX renewed a couple other shows, both of them dramas. Then the network outbid CBS and NBC for “Thursday Night Football,” reducing the real estate for other programming next fall. Including football and unscripted series, FOX has enough programming on tap to fill almost half of its fall 2018 schedule.
That burst of activity doesn’t necessarily bode well for “Gotham,” which is a so-so performer from an outside studio (Warner Bros.) that’s not getting any cheaper to make.
There are still lots of questions about what New FOX may look like, and 2018-19 is going to be a transitional year for the network. The Bear is leaving “Gotham” as a tossup for the time being, because he needs more time to see how things shake out through the spring.
|DSW||Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing|
|🐻||sure bet to be canceled by May 2018|
|🐻 🐻||likely to be canceled by May 2018|
|🐻 🐻 🐻||tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2018|
|🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||likely to be renewed by May 2018|
|🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||sure bet to be renewed by May 2018|
The Renew/Cancel Index is the amount above (or below) a replacement-level rating — i.e., the expected adults 18-49 rating of an emergency fill-in show should a series be canceled. For the 2016-17 season, replacement level is a 0.7 same-day rating in adults 18-49 for the Big 4 networks and a 0.2 for The CW. (Read more here.) The index number is taken by subtracting 0.7 (or 0.2) from a show’s average same-day rating.
Friday scripted shows (denoted with an “F” above) on the Big 4 have average ratings about 30 percent lower than those of other nights, therefore their ratings are multiplied by 1.43 (1/0.7, or 7 70 percent) before subtracting the replacement-level number.
Shows that have ended their seasons have their R/C Index number frozen at the point of their final episode.
(O) – Owned: All other things equal, shows owned by studios affiliated with their networks have a better shot at renewal than those from outside producers.