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FOX - Touch cancelled; The Following, New Girl renewed - Ratings, Cancellations and Renewals 2012-13

Updated on May 18, 2013

From now on, I will be posting TV Ratings, Renewal and Cancellation updates and Reviews on my own website.

This hub gives an overview of the ratings, renewals and cancellations of TV Shows on FOX. It starts with a list of the latest cancellations, pick-ups and premiere dates.Freshman shows usually have a 13-episode order and can get picked up for a full season if it does well. Older shows have a full season to start with, which means that they'll stay toss-ups through the Fall season. The 2013 ratings of these shows will be decisive.

Below that, there is a graph of each FOX show's ratings in the Adults 18-49 demographic (Why is that demographic so important?). Next, each show is discussed individually; what are the ratings like and what does that mean for the show's future?

Let me know in the comments section which of those shows you really want renewed and what others you'd rather see gone!

Ratings, Cancellations and Renewals on the other networks



Certain Renewals

  • None at the moment

Certain Cancellations

  • None at the moment

Premiere Dates

  • The Goodwin Games, May 20th, 8:30/7:30c

Toss Up

  • None at the moment


Touch (Certain Cancellation)

(05/11): The cancelled 'Touch' receives a steady rating of 0.6 and a total viewer count of 2.51 million,

(05/09): 'Touch' has been cancelled after dropping to extremely low ratings.

(05/04): 'Touch' seemed to be endlessly dropping in the ratings, but now it looks to be touching down at the 0.6 mark. Total viewers was virtually steady with 2.19 million this week. With only one more episode to go, there is really no doubt about what the FOX executives will announce at their upfront on May 13th.

(04/27): After a break of two weeks, this week 'Touch' got a rating of 0.6 in the all important demo. In total 2.22 million people tuned in.

(04/06): 'Touch' went up in the demo to an 0.6, with 2.29 million viewers. Needless to repeat: it will be cancelled.

(03/30): A big drop for 'Touch' this week, scoring a rating of 0.5 in the all important demographic. This is a drop of 29% in comparison to last week. 2.37 million people tuned in to watch.

(03/23): Back up to the 0.7 in adults 18-49 mark, 'Touch' will still be cancelled, but will probably finish its run due to lack of replacement shows.

(03/16): 'Touch' loses another tenth, down to an 0.6 in the all-important demographic. Only 2.22 million people tuned in.

(03/09): Back down to an 0.7 in adults 18-49, with 2.60 million viewers, 'Touch' is still certain to be cancelled.

(03/02): 'Touch' grows in the ratings for the first time since its season premiere, but will it be enough to possibly get saved? The short answer: No. The long answer: Definitely not. The show just adds 0.1 in the demo this week, and a 0.8 in adults 18-49 is far too horrible to even have the slightest shot at a renewal. It is only a matter of time before 'Touch' will be cancelled, and a matter of having nothing to replace it with. Therefore, it might just finish its run, just like 'The Mob Doctor' was allowed to. More seasons, however, are out of the question.

(02/23): Steady at an 0.7 in the demographic and with 2.51 million people tuning in, 'Touch' is now certain to be cancelled.

(02/16): The disappointing numbers for 'Touch' have dropped even further, with this week's episode rating a 0,7 in the 18-49 demographic. 2.56 million viewers tuned in to watch.

(02/09): The season 2 premiere of 'Touch' scored a very disappointing average 1.1 in adults 18-49, and 3.94 million viewers. At the end of the 2-hour episode, the number has dropped to an 0.9. If that is any indication of next week's ratings, we'll know where the show will end up sooner rather than later, because even a move to Friday doesn't explain numbers as low as these. It won't surprise you, but the show immediately starts out as a Likely Cancellation.

(11/29): After initially being scheduled to premiere in September, 'Touch' was pushed back to February 1st. Now, FOX has decided to push it back another week to February 8th.


The Mindy Project (Renewed)

(05/08): Still steady at its series low, 'The Mindy Project' got another 1.3 in A18-49. Total viewers went up to 2.61 millon.

(05/01): Again matching its series low, 'The Mindy Project' got a 1.3 in the all-important demographic. 2.56 million people tuned in, which is only 10.000 shy of the series low for total viewers. However, because of a lack of serious competition on FOX, 'The Mindy Project' was already renewed some two months ago.

(04/10): Just like 'New Girl', 'The Mindy Project' also gained two tenths in the ratings. This week's rating is a 1.5 in the all important demo and 2.66 million people tuned in.

(04/05): With a second episode this week, 'The Mindy Project' scored another 1.3 in the demo. This time, 3.24 million people tuned in.

(04/03): 'The Mindy Project' is even with the series low with a rating of 1.3 in the adults 14-49 demo. A total of 2.47 million people tuned in.

(03/27): Dropping two tenths, 'The Mindy Project' scored a 1.5 in the all-important demo and had 2.62 million people tuning in.

(03/20): 'The Mindy Project' is steady in the ratings with a 1.7 in adults 18-49 and 3.07 million viewers.

(03/04): 'The Mindy Project' has been renewed for a second season, FOX president Kevin Reilly announced today. No word on a number of episodes, but expect a standard full season of 22 episodes.

(02/27): A steady 1.7 rating for 'The Mindy Project' this week in the adults 18-49 demographic. The total viewer count was a slightly higher 3.26 million.

(02/20): Just like 'New Girl' there's also a drop for 'The Mindy Project'. This week's episode got a 1.6 in the all important demo and 3.05 million people were watching.

(02/06): Another rise in the ratings for 'The Mindy Project'; scoring a 1.9 in adults 18-49. Total viewer count went up as well, with 3.6 million people tuning in.

(01/30): The past couple of episodes 'The Mindy Project' got a rating of 1.5 week after week. This week however, the rating was different and that is a positive thing. The week's episode of 'The Mindy Project' got a rating of 1.7 in the adults 18-49 demo, this is 0.2 higher than last week. In total 3.2 million people tuned in the watch the episode.

(01/23): Flat at a 1.5 in the all-important demographic, 'The Mindy Project' went up in terms of total viewers to just over 3 million.

(01/16): Once again, 'The Mindy Project' pulled in a rating of 1.5 in the 18-49 demo. A total of 2.76 million viewers tuned in to see the show.

(01/09): 'The Mindy Project' is still pulling in the same, not so great ratings as it did before Christmas. With a rating of 1.5 in the 18-49 demographic it is in the lower regions of the ratings, although it isn't nearly as low as 'Ben and Kate'. The total viewer count was 2.85 million.

'The Mindy Project' premiered with a 2.4 in the demo and 4.67 million viewers. For the second episode it already dropped by 0.5, after which it got picked up for a full, 24 episode, season. After that, the show suffered from preemptions for election coverage and 'X-Factor' specials.

The 9 episodes it has aired before Christmas average a 1.7 in adults 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers. While the show could get saved because of the state FOX (and the broadcast networks in general) is in, it's not doing that good. 'The Mindy Project' could really go either way.


New Girl (Renewed)

(05/08): 'New Girl' went up a tenth to a 2.1 in the demo. Total viewers are now at 3.94 million.

(05/01): After three weeks of absence, 'New Girl' again dropped to the 2.0 in adults 18-49, while 3.57 million people tuned in. 'New Girl's current series low stands at a 1.9 in the demo from back in January.

(04/10): 'New Girl' is back to a rating of 2.2 in the all important demo while 4.09 million people tuned in.

(04/05): 'New Girl' dropped to a 2.0 in adults 18-49 this week, with 4.77 million people tuning in.

(03/27): 'New Girl' lost a tenth in the ratings, down to a 2.2 in adults 18-49. The number of total viewers was exactly the same as last week with 4.19 million.

(03/20): Steady in the ratings, the already renewed 'New Girl' scored a 2.3 in the all-important demographic, while 4.26 million people tuned in.

(03/04): FOX announced the renewal of 'New Girl', among three other shows. This won't come as a surprise to anyone frequently checking the ratings or reading this page. Even though the show has seen a downward ratings trend this season, it is still doing good, and got rewarded for that.

(02/27): A slight rise for 'New Girl', scoring a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demo. 4.29 million people watched this week's episode.

(02/20): 'New Girl' dropped back four tenths in the ratings in the all important demo, bringing this week's rating to a 2.2. In total 4.31 million people tuned in.

(02/06): A steady rating for 'New Girl' this week, scoring a 2.6 in the 18-49 demo and a total viewer count of 4.83 million.

(01/30): The rating of 'New Girl' went up this week by 0.4 in the all important demo, bringing the rating of this week's episode to a 2.6. In total 4.74 million people tuned in.

(01/23): 'New Girl' goes back up in the ratings to a 2.2 in the adults 18-49 demographic. With 4.05 million viewers, the show is still likely to be renewed.

(01/16): A slight drop for 'New Girl', with the ratings going down a tenth to a 1.9 in adults 18-49. The total viewer count is still steadily declining, with 3.65 million viewers tuning in to see the show.

(01/09): 'New Girl' is pulling in steady ratings, receiving a rating of 2.0 in the all important 18-49 demographic. However, when it comes to the total viewer count it dropped quite some, with 'only' 3.78 million people tuning in to watch the first episode after the holiday break.

The first five episodes of 'New Girl's second season all rated 2.8's and 2.7's. However the next six dropped quite a bit, ending up at 2.0's in adults 18-49, which is a series low. Since average ratings for all networks are down by a lot versus last season, and FOX is struggling as a whole, that is not as big a disaster as it may sound. While it doesn't have a big margin of error anymore, 'New Girl' is still likely to be renewed.


The Following (Renewed)

(04/30): Last night was the season finale for 'The Following'. This episode got a rating of 2.7 in the adults 18-49 demo and 7.82 million people tuned in. After only a few episode which had very good ratings, 'The Following' was renewed for a second season.

(04/23): The ratings of 'The Following' are up by three tenths, bringing this week's rating to a 2.4 in the all important demo. A total of 7.04 people tuned in.

(04/16): 'The Following' dropped one tenth in the adults 18-49 demo, making this weeks rating a 2.1. In total 6.36 million people tuned in.

(04/09): 'The Following' holds steady at a series low of 2.2 in adults 18-49. Total viewers is now at a new series low of 6.30 million. But as you know, the show has already been renewed.

(04/02): The ratings of 'The Following' keep dropping, this week's rating is a 2.2 in the all-important demo, while the series started with a rating of 3.2. The show is still doing really well, the ratings are well above average.

(03/26): 'The Following' dropped another two tenths in the ratings, bringing this week's rating to a 2.3 in the all important demo. In total 6.66 million people tuned in.

(03/19): The rating of this week's episode of 'The Following' is a 2.5 in the adults 18-49 demo. This is two tenths lower than last week. The show is still doing good and last time it dropped to a rating of 2.4 it got back up the very next week with a 2.9.

(03/12): 'The Following' lost one tenth in the ratings. This week's episode got a 2.7 in the all important demo. 8.15 million people tuned in.

(03/05): No change in the ratings for 'The Following' this week, not even after the news of its renewal. Just as last week, the rating in the 18-49 demo was 2.8. The total viewer count was 8.81, only slightly higher than last week.

(03/04): As predicted, FOX announced the renewal of 'The Following'. Like the first, the second season will consist of 15 episodes. The Kevin Bacon vehicle started off with very good ratings, had quite a dip after four episodes, but managed to get back up to ratings in the high 2's, which is very good these days.

(02/26): A slight decline for 'The Following', with a drop of two-tenths in the 18-49 demo rating. It scored a rating of 2.8, and a total viewer count of 8.58 million. However, this small drop is in no way a threat to its status of 'Likely Renewal'.

(02/19): After a sudden drop of 0.9 in two weeks, this week's rating of 'The Following' is up by three tenths. This means this week's episode got a rating of 2.9 in the all important demo, making the show a Likely Renewal.

(02/12): Again the ratings of 'The Following' drops quite a bit. This episode got a 2.4 in the all important demo en 7.79 million people tuned in. A show with ratings like these isn't anywhere near the danger zone, but dropping 0.9 in the ratings in just two weeks is not a good sign.

(02/05): Suddenly, 'The Following' drops four tenths in adults 18-49 to a 2.9 rating. Total viewers was down with more than a million, to 9.01 million. However these are still very good numbers and unless they keep falling, the show might soon be upgraded to a likely renewal.

(01/28): The first show this entire season to improve on its premiere ratings in episode two, 'The Following' rated a 3.3 in the all-important demographic. This is a tenth higher than in last week's premiere, something that very rarely happens. Keep in mind that CBS was in repeats, though. Total viewers went down a little, to 10.1 million.

(01/22): 'The Following' premiered with a rating of 3.2 in the adults 18-49 demo and 10.42 million people watching. This is a really promising start of the series. However, 'Alcatraz' started with similar numbers and we all know how that ended.


Ben and Kate (Cancelled)

(01/25): In the 'most boring news'-section, FOX halted production on 'Ben and Kate', making it officially cancelled now. From the 19 episodes ordered, only 13 have aired so far. However 15 have been produced. It is unclear whether those final two episodes will ever air, but if they will, it will probably be during the summer.

(01/23) - 2: After I predicted that 'Ben and Kate' would be cancelled just one hour a go, FOX decided to pull the show from the schedule effective immediately. While not actually cancelled, there is no way at all that the show will see another season. From now on, back-to-back episodes of 'Raising Hope' will air in the Tuesdays at 8/9c timeslot, until its finale on March 28th.

(01/23) - 1: Now at a 1.2 in the demographic again, 'Ben and Kate' is still a lot below FOX's scripted average. With only 2.53 million viewers, the show will be downgraded to the Likely Cancellations.

(01/16): 'Ben and Kate' received a steady rating of 1.1 in the all important 18-49 demographic. With a total viewer count of 2.2 million, the show is pulling in low but steady numbers.

(01/09): The first episode of 'Ben and Kate' after Christmas hasn't brought better ratings. In fact, it only got a rating of 1.2, and a total viewer count of 2.36 million.

'Ben And Kate' premiered with a 2.1 in the demographic, which is not that spectacular. After it dropped to a 1.6 rating, FOX still picked it up, but only added 6 episodes instead of the usual 9. In retrospect, that is not a surprising move since, though it is not getting good ratings, the network doesn't really have an alternative ready.

In later episodes, 'Ben And Kate' even rated a couple of 1.1's in the demo. The ten aired episodes before the winter stop averaged a 1.4 rating and 3 million total viewers. While that usually means that it will definitely get cancelled, I'll keep it a toss up for now because there are no viable replacements ready yet and FOX is not doing great overall.


The Mob Doctor (Cancelled)

The premiere episode of 'The Mob Doctor' rated only a 1.5 in adults 18-49. Last year in the same timeslot, the now-cancelled 'Terra Nova' premiered with 3.1 in the demo for a double episode. 'The Mob Doctor' later dropped to around a 1.1 rating.

FOX was determined to wait the first half of the season out, not wanting to throw in 'The Following' or 'Touch' yet. However at the end of November, when 'The Mob Doctor' got an 0.9 in adults 18-49, FOX had no choice but to announce the show's cancellation.

Which of these shows are you going to miss? And what others are you happy to see gone? Let me know in the comments!

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    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      4.5 million people seems like a lot of people but it's actually isn't if you compare it to other shows. The amount of viewers doesn't really matter anyway, what really matters is the rating. For more information about this check out my hub:

      Thanks for reading and commenting

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      6 years ago

      Very disapointed the Mob Doctor is getting cancelled we watch the show since the beginning since when is 4.5 million viewers a bad thing are they serious ? but renew some lame show like Glee whih I don't know a single person that watches that show very disapointing .

    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      Hi Alecia,

      I think what you are saying makes a lot of sense. While CBS seems to have the same kind of shows from the same creators and producers over and over again, they do know where their success lies. FOX has the fresh, out of school writers and producers, as you said. They either have a successful show or not, but afterward they move on to another project which perhaps lies at another network.

      The Mindy Project doesn't really appeal that much to me either, though I must say that I liked the second episode better than the first one. Maybe this is one of those shows that has to grow on you.

    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      It seems like more often than not Fox- has the hardest time landing quality shows. I'm not saying that in a bad way but unlike CBS they still don't have the same clout in drawing top writers and show creators. They can get the young- fresh out of school show creators but they can't get people like Chuck Lorre.

      I watched the Mindy Project and even though I think Mindy Kaling is adorably awesome- the show as a whole doesn't have enough legs to me.


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