Despite opening to some pretty decent numbers, Fox has decided to cancel the sci-fi series Almost Human.
The series debuted to fairly decent numbers. The pilot brought in about 9.1 million viewers; however, the series dropped off pretty quickly; the very next episode, to be exact.
According to Variety:
“Fringe’s” J.H. Wyman exec produced and created the show. “Almost Human” debuted last November with solid opening numbers, averaging a 3.1/8 share in adults 18-49 with 9.1 million viewers overall. Though ratings dipped after that (the sophomore episode brought in 6 million viewers), it’s finale in March averaged 5.63 million viewers and a 1.5 in the 18-49 demographic, holding steady with Fox’s “The Following.””
The series starred action star Karl Urban as Detective John Kennex and television vet Michael Ealy as his robotic partner Dorian. According to Variety, Fox declined to comment on the cancellation.
Considering the fact that the show was on par with The Following, there was plenty of reason to believe that the series had a sturdy chance of being renewed. Unfortunately for Almost Human, The Following has a slightly stronger DVR following, which put the show’s Monday counterpart just a cut above.
Of course, we all know that Fox has a habit of cancelling shows that some would consider to be fan favorites. Fox also cancelled shows like Alcatraz and the cult classic Firefly, all of which were loved by their respective followings, but didn’t produce enough ratings at the time to entice Fox into a renewal.
Then, there will always be the anomaly known as Family Guy. While the show did experience quite the drop off between their debut and their Season 1 Finale, the show was still pulling some pretty decent ratings when Fox decided to pull the plug on the show after the second season. Thankfully, Fox came to their senses and brought the show back one year later and the rest is, as they say, history.
Fox does have some pretty good pilots coming up. The one that sticks out the most is the Batman-inspired series Gotham which will serve as an original story for Commissioner Jim Gordon, who at the time of Gotham will still be a rookie detective. The series has yet to receive a full season order; however, it does have a series commitment, which is definitely a good sign for the upcoming series. Hopefully, it will survive the freshman season and Fox’s heavy axe.