There’s some sad and admittedly surprising news coming out of Fox today. After looking like it could be a late contender for a renewal thanks to slipping ratings elsewhere and a fan following, the network (per Deadline) has decided instead to cancel “Almost Human” after a single season on the air.
So what are the reasons for this? The obvious one to start off with is that it was never a ratings warrior. The finale did draw a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, but its overall performance was not good enough to convince network executives to keep a sci-fi series that has some special effects involved in production. Also, it is produced by an outside studio in Warner Bros. TV, and given that Fox already has some of these on their roster in “The Following” and “Gotham,” they obviously want to ensure there is some room for in-house projects.
At least fans and the studio knew that this was always a possibility, given that the show was not a part of Fox’s initial renewal announcement. Is it possible that the show could be sold somewhere else? While we’d never say never at the moment, it will be hard to find it a home given that it is a fairly expensive network drama that only has a season in the tank. The best bet we could think of would be Syfy, but the network has their own strong development slate going on right now. Outside of them or a streaming service like Amazon, we don’t know if there would be any takers. We’ll just have to see what shakes out in that situation.
We’ll have more news on other shows’ fate soon in our Ratings Debate pieces. For now, share your thoughts on the potential end of “Almost Human” below.