While the recent resurgence of horror-driven TV has been a mixed bag of sorts, one show that’s been pretty darn impressive is FOX’s The Exorcist. With two seasons already in the books, it sadly looks as if the series is now facing an uphill battle to get renewed for a third year.
Speaking at a recent INTV conference (as reported by Deadline), FOX chairman Gary Newman discussed the future of the show. First explaining that the Friday viewing slot for the series was “tough for that show,” Newman went on to say, “We had hoped that we would be able to tap into a moviegoing crowd who didn’t want to go out to the movies, and we did get some viewership. I thought the show was incredibly well produced, the stores were great.”
More worryingly, he then added that The Exorcist “is clearly a show that’s on the bubble.” That term basically means that the show’s renewal is up in the air right now, with the chances of a Season 3 happening been more unlikely than they are likely.
This, of course, comes hot on the heels of last month’s news that Ash vs. Evil Dead may not be renewed past its current third season. Both The Exorcist and the recent small screen outings for Bruce Campbell’s Ashley J. Williams have proved to be huge favourites of plentiful genre fans. Unfortunately, the ratings for both shows have been on the steady decline for the past year or so. For example, the average rating for The Exorcist’s second season was 2.3 million viewers in comparison to 3.1 million viewers for the show’s debut season. Then there’s Ash vs. Evil Dead, which is currently experiencing its all-time lowest ratings to date.
Right now, neither The Exorcist nor Ash vs. Evil Dead have yet to be canned – and Ash vs. Evil Dead is now three episodes in to its ten-episode third year – but things aren’t exactly looking great for these shows right at this point.