FOX TV Show Rankings for 2010-11 season [1/8/11 update]

Human TargetWhich FOX TV shows will be cancelled or renewed for the 2011-12 season? Most of the schedule was in repeats once again but there was a couple exceptions. On Wednesday, the network aired an original episode of Human Target. This installment was up by 21% in the demo when compared to last week’s episode but that wasn’t enough to move its season demo ranking. Mr. Chance is still in big trouble.

FOX also aired another episode of Million Dollar Money Drop. It was up by 8% in the demo versus the last episode but fell in the rankings just a bit because the initial episodes did much better.

Wonder if your favorite FOX show’s been renewed or cancelled? Check out our comprehensive list. We’ll keep updating it as new info becomes available.

Below is a list of the regular FOX TV shows and their 2010-11 season average ratings to date. It only incorporates the ratings for original episodes that have aired this season, not repeats. The data is sorted by the 18-49 demographic averages, the group that advertisers will pay the most to reach. The “compared to” column reflects whether the demo average has gone up, down, or stayed the same since last week.

Demo rank Scripted TV Shows Average
viewers (millions)
18-49 demo
Compared to
last week
1 Glee (renewed) 11.61 4.8 ---  
2 House 10.08 3.8 ---  
3 The Simpsons 8.20 3.7 ---  
3 Family Guy 7.53 3.7 ---  
5 The Cleveland Show 6.41 3.0 ---  
6 American Dad 5.71 2.7 ---  
7 Raising Hope (renewed) 6.26 2.6 ---  
8 Bones 9.28 2.5 ---  
9 Lie To Me 5.54 1.9 ---  
9 Fringe 5.08 1.9 ---  
11 Human Target 6.04 1.6 ---  
11 Running Wilde (cancelled) 3.72 1.6 ---  
13 Lone Star (cancelled) 3.66 1.1 ---  
14 The Good Guys (cancelled) 2.46 0.7 ---  
Demo rank News or Reality TV Shows Average
viewers (millions)
18-49 demo
Compared to
last week
1 Hell's Kitchen 9pm 6.33 2.7 ---  
1 Hell's Kitchen 8pm 6.03 2.7 ---  
3 Million Dollar Money Drop 5.13 1.8 down  
4 America's Most Wanted 4.83 1.6 ---  
5 Cops 4.45 1.5 ---  

The closer a show is to the bottom of the list, the closer it is to being cancelled (if it hasn’t been cancelled already like The Good Guys and Lone Star). If it’s closer to the top of the list, it’s more likely to be renewed. Shows that are in the middle (“on the bubble”) can be a little tougher to call. Their future typically comes down to other factors like overall costs, contracts, who produces the show, and what new shows are on the horizon.

The list has been separated into two sections. Of the two, scripted programming is the most expensive. News and reality TV shows are less expensive to produce but the networks can’t program just news/reality (though they might like to since they are less of a financial risk).

It should be noted that Friday and Saturday nights are the least watched evenings of television so ratings for shows on those nights are lower. The networks understand this and take it into account. However, regardless of when a show is aired, its production costs remain the same. Ultimately, it must still be profitable enough for the network to keep ordering more episodes.

Raw data: © The Nielsen Company via Media Week. Nielsen doesn’t release the final Friday and Saturday night ratings until a few days later. The ratings with an “*” may change slightly once the final numbers are released.

What do you think? Which shows do you think won’t survive to see a new season?

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29 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Terry says

    Human Target should not be cancelled. It is one of the best shows on, it is break from all the shows about disfunctional familes, reality shows and adult cartoons. How many of those do people really want to see. Human Target has great casting and writing. Every episode is different and makes you want to see what the next one will be. Cancelling it would be a huge mistake.

  2. Marla says

    Oops, got sidetracked and didn’t finish my comment.

    They are all (House, Bones, Human Target and Lie to Me) a little unique to the hum-drum, same ol’ TV shows. I absolutely love all of these shows, particularly Human Target, so please don’t cancel it or any of the others listed. It would be a real waste of TV entertainment.

  3. Marla says

    I can’t believe FOX would even think about cancelling “Human Target,” it is such a good show. It is action packed and just enough humor thrown in to make it a terrific hour of entertainment. For the past several years, the evening line-ups were getting worse and worse, but this year seems to have starting making up for that. My husband and I love “Human Target,” “Bones,” “House,” and “Lie to Me.” They are all a little unique to the hum

  4. Christine says

    We love Human Target. It is our favorite series! We hope FOX will give this excellent show another season. It is fresh and fun and quality entertainment. This is worthwhile TV and it would be a shame if it were not renewed and given a reasonable chance to prove itself! We love the cast, the storylines, and consider it one of the gems of FOX. It is the reason we turn to FOX!

    • Amy says


      I think that is a great idea because they are always pushing out the great shows. They better not cancel Human Target, Fringe or Lie To Me because they are all great shows.

  5. Don says

    House,The Cleveland Show,Family Guy,and American Dad,are doing better than Bones, Fringe,and Human Target? I don’t get where you get these numbers from. Everyone i talk to don’t mention any cartoons except for the Simpsons. House is getting stale. Bones , Fringe and Human Target are going and growing strong. In case the network big shots forgot,let me remind them. Star Trek go canceled and we all know how that ended up! Somethimes the numbers don’t tell the complete story. Numbers have a way of being manipulated by those trying to push public opinion in a certain direction. Most people know where their going and what direction to go in,so stop pushing and start listening.

  6. Indra says


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