We certainly know that FOX was already in talks with Nigel for next season, and so the Cat sign-off is a good sign. I'm suspecting that the show is delivering sufficient social media buzz in a desirable (i.e. young) demographic in addition to the Emmys, and those things may be enough despite the ratings. The Emmys alone have been enough in prior seasons. The return of the tour is also a good sign.
Plus, the lighting department had an outstanding season
I do wish they'd test a Nigelless panel for once - I actually do appreciate what he does for the show, and he has toned down the U