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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2010-11 season in May, 2011. (includes results from January 3 – May 1, 2011):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index 6 Week Index
Running Wilde cancelled
The Good Guys (F) cancelled
Lone Star cancelled
Fringe (F) renewed 0.58 0.57
Traffic Light 😳 0.58 0.46
Lie To Me 😥 😥 0.74
American Dad renewed 0.77 0.86
The Chicago Code 😥 😥 0.77 0.78
Human Target 😥 😥 0.85
Bob’s Burgers renewed 0.93 0.89
Raising Hope renewed 0.94 0.84
The Cleveland Show renewed 0.96 0.98
Breaking In 😐 😐 😐 1.07 1.19
The Simpsons renewed 1.17 1.12
Bones renewed 1.28 1.37
Family Guy renewed 1.34 1.36
House :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.39 1.41
Glee renewed 1.63 1.56

This is the last week for “regular” Renew/Cancel Index posts. Next week Robert and I make our final predictions for every undecided show “Oddsmakers” style, so I figured I’d also look at just the last six weeks of show ratings in a separate short term “6 Week” Index. In many cases it shows us nothing different than the longer term Index (since 1/3/11).

Breaking In ratings edged down again last week, but its short term Index looks much better than its long term one, primarily because Fox’s overall ratings average has slumped noticeably since January. I’m keeping it a toss up only because the ratings haven’t stopped falling. If it can hold a 2.4 rating this week, I’ll be predicting a slight chance for renewal next week, while still looking over my shoulder at the Slater jinx!

The Chicago Code still looks more likely to be cancelled than renewed.

Whatever fate awaits Lie To Me and Human Target, there will be no more ratings news for them this season.

What was the status of the Fox Renew / Cancel Index after the Fall? Click here.


  • 😳 – certain to be cancelled by May, 2011
  • 😥 :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2011
  • 😐 😐 😐 – toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2011
  • 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 – more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2011
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: – certain to be renewed by May, 2011

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? While the methods used have changed slightly from past seasons check out how the Renew / Cancel Index would have predicted renewals and cancellations from the 2009-10 broadcast television season.

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