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Human Target: FOX Series Cancelled; No Season Three

Human Target canceledWell, there’s one dangerous situation that Christopher Chance can’t escape. FOX has cancelled Human Target after two seasons on the air. No season three.

Human Target follows a private bodyguard and security expert (Mark Valley) who protects his clients by integrating himself into their lives and becaomes a “human target.” He’s aided by his business partner, Winston (Chi McBride), and a tech genius named Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley). In the second season, a former client (Indira Varma) becomes his benefactor and an expert thief (Janet Montgomery) joins the team to seek redemption.

The series debuted back in January 2010 to a positive 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.12 million total viewers. Subsequent episodes had some solid numbers (thanks in large part to American Idol) but the latter part of the season really declined. The season finale brought in a mere 1.9 rating and season one averaged a 2.9 rating and 9.6 million viewers.

The show was on the bubble for renewal last May but FOX ultimately decided to give the series a second chance to get better ratings. That didn’t pan out.

Should Human Target have been cancelled?

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Last November, season two of Human Target debuted to a week 1.8 rating in the demo and 6.59 million viewers. The network kept it on through the holidays, the ratings got worse, and by January it seemed like they’d given up on the series. The final episodes of the season performed a bit better but, again, thanks to being teamed American Idol. Season two averaged a 1.7 demo rating and 6.4 million viewers.

TV show supportAs one of the network’s lowest scripted series of the season, it seemed like just a matter of time before FOX would cancel Human Target. Last night, they officially did. Despite some devout fans, Human Target just wasn’t a winner in the ratings. After 25 episodes, the show is over.

What do you think? Should Human Target have been renewed for season three? Why didn’t more people watch the TV series?

 

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dan November 4, 2014 at 10:26 am

I would love to see more of this T.V series, as I like watching these genres such as; Leverage, Person of interest and of course Human Target. I could not believe that this was taken down, I see so many positive comments and feedback and I think fox made a mistake taking this down :(

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Tobey September 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm

I totally agree with every single one of you guys.
Human Target is probably the best show I have ever seen and I feel pretty upset about it that this show got cancelled so early.
I couldn’t stop watching Human Target until I noticed that the whole series includes 25 episodes only. So I decided to stop watching because I didn’t want to lose this awesome and incredible show immediately.
After doing some research on why Human Target got cancelled and looking up the time of day when Human target was aired, I quickly considered that not the popularity of the show was the reason but simply the time of day when it was aired. If you were showing the ”popular” shows at such a time you wouldn’t get more viewers than Human Target.
Although it is 2014, I want this show back!

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johnson September 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm

i think the producer is making the worst decision of his life…
Human target is the best tele movie series ever…and the actor mark valley fits the profile….
the world needs a hero….the reason why it fails to gain ratings because tv stations
chose to air it very late at night coz of violence…well.this movie should be aired at the regular time when all people are still awake not when everyone is sleeping….if it’s about violence then i think the ratings on Tv says it all….PG < MA ..so no problem ..it is up to the viewers to take responsibilities for what they watch….Worse comes to worse …Human Target should be aired on a station that allows violence…..
it's not that nobody wants to watch ..it's because it is aired when people are busy or when people are not around…like sleeping time …ha???

thanks

johnson

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Tobey September 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

I do totally agree with your opinion. Human Target is my favorite movie series, I couldn’t stop watching until I noticed that it includes 25 episodes only so I stopped because I didn’t want to lose Human Target immediately. After doing some research on why the series got canceled I considered the exact same thing as you did. Broadcasting the show in the night is just not worth, not many people will stay awake and neglect school or work just to watch TV. Also the chance of getting new fans is lesser then. Even if a ”popular” show was shown in the middle of the night it wouldn’t have more viewers.
Human Target is an awesome movie series and every main character was enjoyable how he/she was.
I would like to see it back!

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Human Target fan September 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

I am really sad that they cancelled the show.
I´m watching it, heck I almost watched season 1 in 2 days.
The show is so awesome, all the special effects and explosions and the characters are interesting.
WHY WOULD YOU CANCEL IT? I´m so sad and mad…. I mean the show is way better than other shows…

I hope they bring back Human Target, but heck, it´s 2014…
I can only wish for it…

BRING BACK HUMAN TARGET!!!
BRING BACK MARK VALLEY AND JACKIE EARL HALEY AND EVERYBODY ELSE!!!

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Sole May 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I just don’t get it how can be to a way more people interesting to watch shows with vampires , witches , rippers , werewolves and aliens … , where there’s the concept of a series a mutually killing members of the warring parties, with more scenes with bloodshed , than a classical action shows. All those mentioned shows are incredibly boring , because there’s no deliberate action , which can be developed on higher level , despite other shows , action among them.

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Chris February 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Totally disappointed this show was cancelled by Fox. Was watching this on netflix and at the last episode, wanted to see more. Damn you Fox.

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Target fan April 24, 2013 at 7:47 am

Shows start to lose its fan base when they change the character of the lead. Part of Chance’s charm was his flirtatious and Bondian attraction to pretty women. When they wrongly introduced another main character to challenge his womanizingmthey took away one of the side attractions to the weekly plot. A lot of shows start to die when they lone wolf character starts a serious romance. Why change chemistry?

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Barry February 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

This was the best show on TV. I can’t believe the low ratings as everyone I know loved the show. Plus, I never watch American Idol.

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Mike February 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Cancelling this show was an abomination. It is far better than some of the other shows on right now. Maybe if it were put in a different time slot it may have done better. It’s kind of hard for any show to compete with some of these reality shows. Heck, this was a far better show than the simpson’s or any of the other animated shows. Too bad we don’t have enough of an adult audience any more. Too many old children out there. I sure hope they would attempt to bring it back with some of the same hard hitting action. I’d be the first to tune in……

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Butterfly September 14, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I totally agree with Mike. It was an excellent show! Perhaps a cable network will find merit in it.

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Guerrero February 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

That show was great, you all neeed to bring it back. love it.

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macarena1 July 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I miss this show!!! Not much on TV anymore. Here’s to “Human Target”!!!

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Oslamic Bastard December 14, 2012 at 1:41 am

I’m hooked, and have been downloading all episodes. Fox should have promoted this series with previews. It was put together better than 24.

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Anonymous October 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm

It has everything in the show action, humour, romance, and great characters something the majority of the banal tv shows lack in recent years.

Human Target Fan

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Matt Cooper June 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Please bring back Human Target. The second season was great and the last episode was awesome.

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