‘Minority Report’ not canceled (yet), receives instead smaller episode order from Fox

The early verdict is in on “Minority Report,” and Fox is making it clear that these precogs are running out of time.

Late Friday, it was announced that the series is now going to run for only ten episodes this season, down from the 13 that were originally planned for the show. This move is strictly the result of low ratings, which have plagued it since the beginning. While we never expected this to be an enormous hit, it was hard to predict that it would be this big of a commercial flop. It is based on a reasonably popular Tom Cruise feature film, has Steven Spielberg on board as an executive producer, and we are in a time where nostalgia is pretty hot.

Unfortunately, it just so seems that there are a ton of people out there who really like the movie, but not enough who genuinely love it. The show has not changed its timeslot just yet, so it will get a chance to continue airing after “Gotham,” presumably for the majority for its run this fall.

If we were to ponder over the show’s schedule, our guess is that we will see “Minority Report” end before New Year’s Day, and then from there the series will be replaced in the schedule by “Lucifer.” That show is going to be airing at first after “The X-Files” (which is filling it for “Gotham” during its hiatus), and we figure that it has at least a reasonable chance of being a hit considering the lead-in.

In general, though, this is a far-from-stellar year so far for Fox as a network. “Scream Queens” ended up being a commercial disappointment despite its all-star cast, and while “Rosewood” is solid, we don’t think that it is a hit people will be talking about in a few years’ time.

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