UPDATE: Fox issued a few talking points about the Cleveland Show reports that pretty much reiterate what’s already been out there, though the network put stronger emphasis on the point that no decision has been made. Fox says the show will continue airing through May of this season. It has not been cancelled. But no episodes have been ordered for next season, with Fox noting they have plenty of previously ordered animated inventory from other shows in the pipeline to keep their slots full.
PREVIOUS: Things aren’t looking so good for Fox’s The Cleveland Show.
A blog run by the leaders of The Animation Guild flatly declared the series was cancelled.
Fox says they haven’t officially made a decision on a fifth season of the Family Guy spin-off. But the signs have been piling up that the show is not coming back. For starters, the ratings are really low (3.3 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 – and that includes seven days of DVR playback).
Moreover, Fox’s animated block requires a long lead-time to produce new episodes. The rest of the network’s Sunday animated block were all renewed months ago – including relative newcomer Bob’s Burgers, which received a fourth-season order back in October and has helped give the network a reliable fourth show for the two-hour block that includes The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad.
As this point, the odds of Cleveland making a return appearance next season are extremely slim. But Fox’s animated shows are die-hard ventures. Sometimes the network suspends a show and brings it back, which happened with King of the Hill and Family Guy. For more, here’s our most recent Death Watch Spring Survival Odds.