Week-to-week gains: The Following and American Dad!.
Week-to-week losses: Family Guy, The Simpsons, New Girl, Glee, Bones, Bob’s Burgers, The Mindy Project, Touch, Hell’s Kitchen, and American Idol (both nights).
These are the FOX TV show ratings averages as of the end of week 32 of the 2012-13 season (Sunday, May 5, 2013). Ratings are typically the best way to tell if a show will be cancelled or renewed.
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|Family Guy (renewed)||2.7 (2.73)||5.48||2012-13 ratings|
|The Following (renewed)||2.6 (2.63)||7.96||season 1 ratings|
|The Simpsons (renewed)||2.6 (2.57)||5.59||season 24 ratings|
|New Girl (renewed)||2.3 (2.31)||4.42||season 2 ratings|
|Glee (renewed)||2.2 (2.22)||5.86||season 4 ratings|
|American Dad (renewed)||2.2 (2.15)||4.41||2012-13 ratings|
|Bones (renewed)||2.1 (2.14)||7.75||season 8 ratings|
|Bob’s Burgers (renewed)||2.0 (1.95)||4.15||season 3 ratings|
|The Mindy Project (renewed)||1.6 (1.59)||3.08||season 1 ratings|
|Raising Hope (renewed)||1.6 (1.59)||3.77||season 3 ratings|
|The Cleveland Show (essentially cancelled)||1.5 (1.53)||3.24||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|
|Touch||0.7 (0.71)||2.68||season 2 ratings|
|American Idol (Weds)||4.0 (3.98)||13.46||season 12 ratings|
|American Idol (Thurs)||3.6 (3.61)||12.89||season 12 ratings|
|The X Factor (Weds, renewed)||2.9 (2.90)||8.12||season 2 ratings|
|The X Factor (Thurs, renewed)||2.8 (2.81)||8.25||season 2 ratings|
|Hell’s Kitchen (renewed)||2.0 (2.04)||4.86||season 11 ratings|
|Kitchen Nightmares||1.1 (1.13)||3.13||season 5 ratings|
|Mobbed||1.1 (1.12)||2.98||season 2 ratings|
|Cops (cancelled on FOX)||1.0 (0.95)||3.19||season ratings|
These charts incorporate the daily final FOX show ratings (copyrighted and 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.