‘Houdini & Doyle’ season 2: Talking renewal odds for Fox series

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Tonight, Fox is making a rather interesting choice: Rather than waiting until another point down the road to conclude the first season of “Houdini & Doyle,” they chose instead to end it on the Fourth of July. To us, it is certainly an odd decision, especially since there are expectations for pretty terrible ratings on the night.

Then again, we don’t exactly think Fox has much invested in the future of this series anyway. The ratings for it haven’t been good at all during the season, with it averaging only around a 0.5 in the 18-49 demographic. If this was cable, that rating would probably be enough to put it on the bubble; for broadcast TV, that is almost a guarantee that you are being shown the door.

One of the odd things about this show in particular, though, is that it is a co-production, so in theory we could envision it moving forward even without Fox on board on ITV in the United Kingdom and elsewhere … though we don’t really see that happening. It wasn’t viewed as a huge hit anywhere in the world where it aired, and the reviews for the show have been mixed. It was a fun idea to capitalize on the popularity of this era, especially with “Sherlock” being tremendously popular, but we’d be surprised to see it back in any form.

The good news is that we feel like this season will work fairly well on its own, so there’s no going to be any real need to have another season in order to continue along a story. Hopefully, tonight’s finale will give you everything you need in order to be satisfied.

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