Fox Predictions: Why Did Fox Give ‘Grandfathered’ & ‘The Grinder’ Full Season Orders?

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TV Grim Reaper predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2015-16 season in May, 2016. (The Reaper Index includes ratings from Sept. 21, 2015 – Nov 1, 2015)

ProgramStatusReaper Index
Minority Reportcanceled0.47
Sleepy Hollow😥 😥0.57
Bob’s Burgersrenewed0.63
The Grinder😥 😥0.65
Grandfathered😐 😐 😐0.72
Bones😐 😐 😐0.77
Scream Queens😐 😐 😐0.77
The Last Man On Earth😐 😐 😐0.79
Gotham:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:0.91
Brooklyn Nine-Nine🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂0.96
Family Guy:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:0.97
Rosewood🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂1.12
The Simpsonsrenewed1.24
Empire:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:3.26

Even considering Fox’s ratings collapse this season, full season orders for both The Grinder and Grandfathered were a bit of a surprise.

With live action sitcoms New Girl & The Guide To Surviving Life slated for mid-season premieres (not to mention American Idol arriving to fill one day/week.) it doesn’t seem like schedule space needed to be filled.

All the reaper can guess is that Fox is either going to put new episodes of scripted shows on Friday (unlike this Fall), or that The Guide To Surviving Life may already be in a precarious position.

Stay tuned.

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*shows no longer on the air have their Reaper Index “frozen” at the point they left the schedule.


😳certain to be cancelled by May, 2016
😥 😥more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2016
😐 😐 😐toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2016
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2016
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:certain to be renewed by May, 2016

The Reaper Index is the ratio of a scripted show’s new episode adults 18-49 ratings relative to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its own network. It’s calculated by dividing a show’s new episode Live+Same Day adults 18-49 average rating by the Live+Same Day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show’s own network. The network’s average ratings in the calculation are not time weighted (ex. hour long shows are not weighted twice what 30 minute shows are).

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays were renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

How good have TV Grim Reaper’s predictions been in past seasons? See his past prediction record here.