With a heavy lineup of new prime-time programming on the way, Fox cleared room in its schedule with the announcement late last week that it was killing off two shows: the drama series “The Following” and the comedy-drama “Backstrom.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports: “A breakout hit when it premiered midseason 2013, ‘The Following’ has steadily lost its audience (a post-NFL ratings pop last year, excluded) since the premiere, and the third season seemed to solidify that its viewership would not be bouncing back. With timeshifting, it still pulls 5.5 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, but same-day showings have dwindled — even with a lead-in from ‘Gotham.'”
“Backstrom,” starring “The Office” alum Rainn Wilson, is an hourlong crime series developed by Hart Hanson, who’s behind the network’s hit “Bones.” “Backstrom’s” freshman season “hasn’t been a disaster” over its 13-episode run, THR notes, averaging a 1.5 rating in 18-49 with 5.6 million viewers.