April 17, 2013 11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox: No Decision Yet on Fate of 'Cleveland Show'
The Cleveland Show isn't going anywhere -- yet.
A Fox spokesperson has denied a report from an animation blog that the animated series from Seth MacFarlane had been canceled.
After a report on The Animation Guild's Tag Blog reported that Cleveland had been canceled, a network representative reaffirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the future of the series has not yet been determined. "Only Fox can dictate whether a show has been canceled," the network told THR.
Currently airing its fourth season, the Family Guy spinoff has seen its ratings slide, with Sunday's original episode drawing a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49, down two-tenths of a point compared with its last new half-hour.
Fox renewed Family Guy and MacFarlane's American Dad for their 11th and eighth seasons, respectively, in May. The network typically announces early pickups for its animated fare as the series need longer lead times than standard scripted fare. Fellow Sunday staple Bob's Burgers, meanwhile, has already been renewed for a fourth season. Additionally, Fox has Sunday anchor The Simpsons and new entry Murder Police on tap for next season. The network further clarified that it has not ordered any additional episodes of Cleveland at this time. The network in the past has taken animated shows out of cycle and inserted them midseason -- as it has done with Family Guy and King of the Hill.
The uncertainty of Cleveland Show comes as MacFarlane is busy prepping Dads, a six-episode live-action comedy from the writers behind Ted. The season finale of Cleveland will air in May.
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