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Fox Renews Touch, Cancels Alcatraz and The Finder

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Fox has renewed the Kiefer Sutherland thriller Touch while canceling the J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi drama Alacatraz and the Bones spinoff The Finder, The Live Feed reports. The announcement arrived ahead of the network’s upfront presentation on Monday.

All three freshman series had widely been considered on the bubble for the 2012-2013 season, with the Tim Kring-created Touch the strongest contender, averaging 8.7 million viewers since its March 22 series premiere (its Jan. 25 preview drew 12 million viewers, a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49). It stars Sutherland as a widower whose mute son can see patterns connecting seemingly unrelated events, and communicates using numbers instead of words.

Alcatraz, which starred Sarah Jones, Sam Neill and Lost‘s Jorge Garcia, was based on the premise that the prisoners and guards of the legendary prison mysteriously disappeared in 1963, only to reappear in modern-day San Francisco. Although the heavily publicized drama premiered in January to 10 million viewers, it ended its 10-week run with just 4.7 million.

Beginning life as a backdoor pilot during the sixth season of Bones, The Finder debuted in January in the network’s 9 p.m. Thursday slot, but couldn’t hold its own against the likes of The Office and Grey’s Anatomy. It was moved in April to 8 p.m. Friday, where it attracted a series-low 3.45 million viewers. The final episode airs Friday.

Fox has already renewed American Dad, Bones, The Cleveland Show, Fringe, Glee, Kitchen Nightmares, New Girl, Raising Hope and The Simpsons.