Summer Renew/Cancel Week 1: Is It Time for Beat Shazam to Beat It?

The Summer TV season is officially upon us, and we all know what that means: a deluge of unscripted programming as the networks go on autopilot until the fall (or even later for some networks this year), with abysmal ratings for just about everything outside of the long-running staples. Keep on reading to see my initial predictions for the few shows that have made their debuts this far.

Certain to be Canceled:

Likely to be Canceled:
Gotham Knights (0.08, 0.05-0.11)
HouseBroken (0.15, 0.11-0.18)
Superman & Lois (0.11, 0.08-0.13)

Leans Cancellation:
Beat Shazam (0.22)

Leans Renewal:
Don't Forget The Lyrics! (0.24)
Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars (0.27)

Likely to be Renewed:
Weakest Link (0.27, 0.20-0.30)

Certain to be Renewed:
MasterChef (0.33)

Yet to Premiere:
The $100,000 Pyramid
American Ninja Warrior
America's Got Talent
The Bachelorette
Big Brother
Celebrity Family Feud
The Challenge: USA
The Chase
Claim To Fame
Crime Scene Kitchen
Generation Gap
Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge
LA Fire & Rescue
Mysteries Decoded
The Prank Panel
Stars on Mars
The Wonder Years

Fate Determined:
Judge Steve Harvey (Renewed)
Nancy Drew (Final Season)
Riverdale (Final Season)
The Wall (Renewed)

Beat Shazam: Fox's summer music game show staple returned last week with new hosts, as Jamie Foxx and daughter Corinne were unable to appear due to Jamie Foxx's medical emergency. The loss of its original host and its longtime co-host showed in the ratings, as the show dropped over 40% from its 2022 premiere. While it did face full competition from a Voice clip show, FBI, and Jeopardy! Masters, last year's competition was just as strong, making it hard to excuse this performance. Maybe these ratings will look better as the summer season goes on, as other shows are bound to drop as well, but as of now, the Beat Shazam doesn't look like it will go on. Also working against it is that Fox has ordered a new musical game show starring the Foxxes for next season, meaning that they can cancel this one while still remaining in business with them. It LEANS CANCELLATION.

Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars: Another Fox premiere last week was the new Ramsay cooking show Food Stars. Results were so-so, with a 0.27 launch that held about 80% of MasterChef. That will definitely be enough for a renewal, but we've seen Ramsay shows premiere decently before being rejected before (The F Word being a rare bomb for the legendary chef). Its debut rating is enough for a LEANS RENEWAL categorization, and more data in the coming weeks should clarify things.

HouseBroken: In a prediction rolling over from the in-season Fox Renew/Cancel, HouseBroken will keep its same prediction. In addition to the terrible ratings, Fox is also essentially burning it off, airing two episodes a week from now on. While their decision to move it in-season (and thus messing up the scheduling of there of their veteran cartoons) would indicate a desire to continue with the show and make it work, something seems to have convinced them to move on from it. Delayed and streaming viewing may be weaker than they expected, which wouldn't be too shocking based on how it's done in linear viewing. Fox is in such a rush to get it off the air that they even aired two episodes last night, a last-minute change after rain canceled a scheduled NASCAR race. No show that a network really cares about is going to be thrown on the air with such haste. It's a LIKELY CANCELLATION.

What do you think of my predictions? What are your predictions? Let me know in the comments and vote in the poll of the week!

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