They might almost be no-brainers for Fox, but fans have to be happy that two of their shows are coming back, despite falling ratings.
Fox has renewed "Glee" and "Raising Hope" for their fourth and third seasons respectively, while giving a nod of approval to the freshman comedy "New Girl" to continue on.
None of the three shows have been real ratings winners for Fox, which has seen its numbers overall decline from the previous year. "Glee," which was the network's top scripted program last year, has slipped considerably in its third season, losing 30 percent of its audience.
"Glee" is averaging a 4.7 rating/7 share this season, according to Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co., good for fifth place on the network and No. 49 overall. It's tied with the cancelled (yet very expensive) "Terra Nova" when it comes to viewers.
"New Girl" is averaging a 4.2/6, which is good for No. 8 on Fox and No. 52 overall, but those numbers can be deceiving. The show, starring Zooey Deschanel, premiered to a 6.0/9, but has not finished with anything better than a 4.0 household rating since the beginning of February. In fact, "New Girl" is averaging a 3.1 household rating over the last five weeks, partly from a poor lead-in first by "I Hate My Teenage Daughter," and then later reruns of "Raising Hope."
"Raising Hope" has been a favored show by the network for some time despite its struggles to find an audience. The series is averaging a 3.0/5, down more than 19 percent last year. It's good for No. 15 on Fox and No. 80 overall, and is ahead of most of Fox's animation block, as well as shows like "Breaking In" and "Fringe."
Fox has now renewed nine shows, including "Family Guy," "The Simpsons," "The Cleveland Show," "American Dad," "The X Factor" and "Bones." It has already announced the cancellations of "House," "Allen Gregory" and "Terra Nova."
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