These are the FOX TV show ratings averages as of the end of week 23 of the 2012-13 season (Sunday, March 3, 2013). Ratings are typically the best way to tell if a show will be cancelled or renewed.
Week-to-week gains: Bones, The Cleveland Show, Kitchen Nightmares, and Cops.
Week-to-week losses: The Following, The Simpsons, New Girl, Bob’s Burgers, Raising Hope, and American Idol (both editions).
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|The Following (renewed)||2.9 (2.92)||9.05||season 1 ratings|
|Family Guy (renewed)||2.8 (2.83)||5.68||2012-13 ratings|
|The Simpsons (renewed)||2.8 (2.76)||5.96||season 24 ratings|
|New Girl (renewed)||2.4 (2.36)||4.49||season 2 ratings|
|Glee||2.3 (2.29)||5.84||season 4 ratings|
|American Dad (renewed)||2.2 (2.23)||4.54||2012-13 ratings|
|Bones (renewed)||2.2 (2.18)||7.95||season 8 ratings|
|Bob’s Burgers (renewed)||2.1 (2.07)||4.36||season 3 ratings|
|The Mindy Project (renewed)||1.6 (1.64)||3.19||season 1 ratings|
|Raising Hope (renewed)||1.6 (1.62)||3.77||season 3 ratings|
|The Cleveland Show||1.6 (1.59)||3.34||season 4 ratings|
|Ben and Kate (cancelled)||1.3 (1.34)||2.82||season 1 ratings|
|Fringe (ended)||1.0 (0.97)||2.82||season 5 ratings|
|The Mob Doctor (cancelled)||0.9 (0.90)||3.26||season 1 ratings|
|American Idol (Weds)||4.8 (4.84)||15.02||season 12 ratings|
|American Idol (Thurs)||4.4 (4.40)||13.97||season 12 ratings|
|The X Factor (Weds)||2.9 (2.90)||8.12||season 2 ratings|
|The X Factor (Thurs)||2.8 (2.81)||8.25||season 2 ratings|
|Kitchen Nightmares||1.1 (1.14)||3.14||season 5 ratings|
|Mobbed||1.1 (1.12)||2.98||season 2 ratings|
|Cops||1.0 (0.99)||3.23||season ratings|
These charts incorporate the daily final FOX show ratings (reported by Nielsen) and are sorted by the 18-49 demographic. Network advertisers typically prize those viewers most and so will pay more to reach them. There’s lots of information that the networks take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series but the ratings are the biggest factor. The higher the ratings, the better chance that the show will be renewed. And yes, they take it into account when a show airs on a Friday or Saturday night.
What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the averages? Which show(s) do you feel should be doing better or worse, based on their quality? Comment below.