FOX TV Show Rankings for 2010-11 Season [as of 2/3/11]

Human TargetWhich FOX TV shows will be renewed or cancelled for the 2011-12 season? Before we get to the 18-49 demographic season averages, which play a big role in the networks’ decisions, let’s take a look at the last seven days’ most notable highs and lows.

Last Friday night, a new episode of Kitchen Nightmares was down by 11% in the 18-49 demographic (when compared to the last episode). Fringe matched its previous week’s performance which was actually up 12% from its previous Thursday night showing. Impressive.

On Saturday night, FOX dominated with its usual line-up of Cops, a Cops rerun, and America’s Most Wanted. Cops scored the usual 1.6 rating in the demo and 4.86 million viewers. The rerun of Cops at 8:30, as per usual, outperformed the original episode. At 9pm, AMW was up by 6% with a 1.8 rating and 5.32 million.

On Monday, it was a good night for Human Target, with a 62% increase over its last original episode on a Friday. It rated a 2.1 with 7.75 million viewers. That led into the season (possibly series) finale of Lie to Me. That was down by 12% in the demo with a 2.2 rating and 7.06 million. Still, this was one of the show’s best performances of the season.

On Tuesday, the season (possibly series) finale of Million Dollar Money Drop aired. It was down by 5% in the demo with a weak 1.8 demo rating and 5.14 million.

On Wednesday, American Idol easily won the night but was down 2% from last week’s, scoring a 9.0 rating and 25.14 million. Human Target got a nice boost to a 2.6 rating and 9.22 million. On Thursday, American Idol did about the same as last week. Bones, which had been up by 11% last week, was down by 15% in the demo this week, to a 3.3 rating and 10.2 million viewers.

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 10.16 3.8 ---  
2 The Simpsons 8.27 3.8 ---  
2 Family Guy 7.66 3.8 ---  
5 Bob's Burgers 6.42 3.1 ---  
6 The Cleveland Show 6.31 3.0 ---  
7 Bones 9.69 2.8 up  
8 Raising Hope (renewed) 6.26 2.6 ---  
8 American Dad 5.41 2.6 ---  
10 Lie To Me 5.84 1.9 ---  
10 Fringe 5.01 1.9 ---  
12 Human Target 6.25 1.7 up  
13 Running Wilde (cancelled) 3.72 1.6 ---  
14 Lone Star (cancelled) 3.66 1.1 ---  
15 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 American Idol (Weds) 25.57 9.3 down  
2 American Idol (Thurs) 22.43 7.7 down  
3 Hell's Kitchen 9pm 6.33 2.7 ---  
3 Hell's Kitchen 8pm 6.03 2.7 ---  
5 Kitchen Nightmares 4.17 1.8 down  
6 Million Dollar Money Drop 5.19 1.7 ---  
7 America's Most Wanted 4.92 1.6 ---  
8 Cops 4.52 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, Running Wilde, 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.

What do you think? Any surprises on the lists? Which shows do you think won’t survive to see a new season?

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17 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. says

    PLEASE Keep “Human Target”….It has always been a good show..the whole cast is absolutely “perfect” together…They play off each other so well…It is funny, exciting, interesting, action packed….what more do you want? I love the new members of the cast, the love interest with Mrs. Pucci…and how you’ve given some of the great supporting actors, bigger roles to play…

  2. says

    Great show – Human Target. Stop bouncing it all over the place, give it a time slot and leave it. It will knock out the competition.

  3. G says

    Please don’t cancel Human Target! It’s the first show in a very long time that I look forward to watching. It’s just fun and the characters are so easy to like. The season finale was awesome and I can’t wait until season 4!

  4. sarah says

    My son and I look forward to watching Human Target every week and couldn’t wait til the season started again, which this far has been very disappointing on Fox’s end. The show commercials and build up the next episode to only find on that night and time some other crap show is on. No wonder why its ratings are down, no one knows when it’s on. I know for us we don’t schedule anything for wednesday nights just to watch this show! It would be ashame to get rid of it because Fox is messing it up.

  5. Devin says

    Maybe some of these advertisers should start accepting web hits and ratings instead of this neilson garbage. I think the whole ratings system that the entertainment industry currently subscribes to is long due for an overhaul. Emerging technology like TIVO, AppleTV etc. are the way things are headed.

  6. Ken says

    Please bring back Human Target. I look forward to wathcing this show everyweek..
    Don’t cancel this show and like others have said.. Give it a good a slot during the week, Thanks

  7. Harriett Bowie says

    Human Target is a great show, written well, superb acting and fast action. Does not matter what night you move it to however after Fringe would be great! But then I would not have anything the rest of the week to watch on FOX as I do not get home until 9:00 PM. Please keep Human Target on the air an a designated day after 9PM.

    It might work well after Bones too.

  8. Anne G says

    Neither wonder ratings are down on some shows. ALL the networks move the shows around too much or they are preempted. This shows scripts have improved with each season the show has been on the air. I believe another season is in order. Please do not

  9. says

    Please do not cancel it. It is a great show. Look forward to it every week. Was disappointed to hear it was the final episode. Bring it back asap and give it a good slot. Thanks.

  10. Danny Charaubhumi says

    Human Target is great show. It replaced 24. It has action, romance, excitement and laughter at a times. It’s the only show that I look forward to watch every Wednesday.

  11. L. R. Eton says

    Human target is my favorite show and I must agree with some of the comments about the bouncing around in times and days that has been forced on this program. Even with diligent effort it was hard for me to ascertain the exact time and day that each episode would air. Also, my observation that season two only had 5 episodes, not the 12 on the schedules I’ve seen. I agree with Diane Kearney that if you settle it into a stable time and day the show will get much better ratings.

    Don’t cancel it yet!!

  12. says

    Human Target is a GREAT show! It figures they like to cancel all the good shows. This year was sooooooo good w/ Mrs Pucci. It should definitely come back for another Season instead of getting pushed around. I think a lot of peoplevare getting bored with reality shows. Why not cancel some of those?

  13. Diane Kearney says

    Human Target is a great show. It has been pushed around the schedule a lot. Settle it into a good time and it should be fine. Get rid of some of those awful reality shows.

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