Canceled FX Show–a Hit With Critics But a Dud With Viewers–Being Shopped to Other Nets

Apr 8, 2011  •  Post A Comment

An FX show that was canceled despite earning raves from critics, which wrapped up its 13-episode season this week, is being shopped to other networks, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The show is “Lights Out,” a boxing drama from executive producer Warren Leight, which debuted well in January but saw its viewership erode from about 1.5 million for the premiere to 636,000 for the finale–including 393,000 adults 18-49.

"There are easily five years’ more stories for this world," Leight told the publication. He noted that he doesn’t believe DirecTV is "as keen on this as they may have once been–I don’t mean on ‘Lights Out,’ I mean saving shows."

He added that there are few outlets for serialized dramas, and that often networks want to fill those slots with their own shows.

"I would love to believe it when it happens. My sense is it’s unlikely Showtime would pick up a show that had been on basic cable. There were feelers put out to them," he said.


  1. Syndie will be picked up 2nd season (Fox or Tirbune Groups) New York,LA and Chicago

  2. This has been a bad year for dramas. A lot of good shows are not getting renewed or are in danger. Blue Bloods, Lights Out, Good Wife. The 18-49 demo focus has made reality shows a hot commodity. While dramas that appeal to an older more mature demographic are finding it tough to stay on the networks.

  3. That show sucked sweaty socks. Stupid critics don’t know what they’re talking about! I suppose they are just like that joke of a monkey in the White House. They know what’s best for us little peons.

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