'Human Target,' 'Lie to Me,' 'Sons of Tucson': Keep 'em or kill 'em?
A big chunk of the network's schedule will return intact next season: "Bones," "Glee," "Fringe" and the Sunday animated shows will all return, and "House," though not officially picked up yet, is the network's highest-rated scripted show, so it would take something very strange happening for it not to return as well.
That leaves just two shows currently on the air -- "Human Target" and "Sons of Tucson" -- and the summer returnee "Lie to Me" on the bubble. Let's look at each of their chances.
The case for it: Though its numbers aren't out of this world, it has been a steady performer for the network, averaging 9.4 million viewers (including a couple of post-"American Idol" airings) and a 2.9 rating in adults 18-49. It often wins its Wednesday timeslot.
The case against it: Winning that timeslot at 8 p.m. ET Wednesdays is nothing to write home about. The show's demographic ratings have been so-so at best of late.
"Lie to Me"
The case for it: A decent utility player for FOX, the show is averaging 8 million viewers and a 2.9 demo rating this season. It's produced by FOX's sister studio, 20th Century Fox TV.
The case against it: Its numbers are down significantly from last year (10.1 million viewers), and because it's not scheduled to return until June, it won't have a chance to do anything before the network sets its schedule.
"Sons of Tucson"
The case for it: As the only live-action comedy on FOX's airwaves (not counting the already canceled "'Til Death"), it could be a building block if the network decides to try comedy on another night next season.
The case against it: Star Tyler Labine has a role in a CBS pilot this spring -- never a good sign. The ratings are pretty soft too -- 4.2 million viewers and a 2.0 in adults 18-49.
If you haven't already voted in the ABC and CBS bubble polls, you still can. And watch for breakdowns of NBC and CW bubble shows later in the week.
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