Time already appears to be up for 24: Legacy. Despite plans for Season 2, FOX has all but cancelled the spinoff series after one season, barring a late ratings upturn.
Speaking to Deadline, FOX chief Dana Walden admitted the network is “sad” about the show’s ratings, which have failed to hit the numbers needed for Season 2:
“I’m a little sad because I feel like it’s a really good show. We’re doing about 7-8 million viewers over seven days per episode. It’s not terrible. We had really high hopes for the show. Perhaps our launch strategy was a little over-ambitious.” The show first aired after the Super Bowl which ran late and the second episode was the following night. “Then we were off to the races, and there was catch-up involved. I think people weren’t clear about when the next episode would be, even though we messaged a lot. Messages get lost after a game like that. So, I’m feeling mixed. I feel very proud of the show and extremely grateful to the creators and the great actors who have done a really wonderful job. I’m wondering whether broadcast can sustain something so serialized.”
In a further vote of no confidence, Walden tightened the noose, noting that 24: Legacy‘s fate is no longer in its own hands:
“We’re going to see. I would love nothing more than to bring it back because I thought it was great but we’re just going to have to see how our pilots come in, how it continues to perform and weigh all of the information we have in May.”
As things stand, 24: Legacy has both feet in the grave and will not return for Season 2. Will the reaper strike the fatal blow, or can 24: Legacy mount a ratings upswing to earn a surprise renewal? Stay tuned…