Running Wilde: FOX Sitcom Cancelled; No Season Two

Running WildeThough FOX didn’t officially announce the cancellation of Running Wilde, the writing has certainly been on the wall for quite some time. It’s now been cancelled.

The freshman sitcom, which stars TV veterans Will Arnett and Keri Russell, debuted back on September 21st with a mediocre 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.59 million viewers. The following week, the demo rating fell by 21% and the next few weeks saw it hit a season low — a truly horrible 1.1 rating with just 2.29 million viewers. Interestingly, viewership started to build after that but it wasn’t enough. The eight episodes that aired averaged just a 1.6 in the demo and 3.72 million viewers.

Understandably, FOX opted not to order any additional episodes of Running Wilde, keeping the season order at 13 installments. FOX subsequently pulled the show for November sweeps. The network has occasionally been running repeats on Sunday nights as well as Saturdays at midnight.

Today, at the TCA press tour, FOX president Kevin Reilly confirmed that Running Wilde will not be coming back. He took some of the blame for the show’s lack of success but acknowledged that the sitcom started off slow. He said, “Look, one of the early lessons you learn is to bet on the talent. [The series] was slow to find itself. I was involved. I was involved probably more than I wanted to be. Mitch didn’t resent it. It struggled to find its legs. It found them probably too little too late.”

What do you think? Was Running Wilde worth watching? Why do you think it didn’t catch on?

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  1. Marissa says

    Bring it back, I just discovered it at Netflix, and watched the whole season, is a different show.

  2. Victoria says

    This show was so good and it needs to be brought back! I am getting real sick of all the good and original shows being canceled like this one! All people care about are reality tv which is all fake or stupid vampires or zombies or aliens. It gets me frusterated because I watch this on Netfix and fell in love with it, they should really bring it back.

  3. Derek says

    This show needs to be brought back! It is just too good. Very original and refreshing in that it is so different from anything I’ve seen on TV.

  4. Ed says

    This is just another of those jewels that’s slipped between the cracks, forced down there by the crowds rushing to the shallow and brainless reality shows which are “all the rage” at this period in TV history. Shows with even a little imagination don’t have much of a chance nowadays.

  5. Kim says

    Just finished the, very sadly, last episode of “Running Wilde”… come on… really, they canceled this show! I too just found it on Netflix and loved it. So happy to see Keri Russell again after the best show ever, Felicity, only ran 4 seasons. What is up with the networks canceling the smart shows. Hoping they bring this one back… and a Felicity revival would be sweet too!

  6. bree says

    My husband & I are 31yrs old & discovered “Running Wilde” on Netflix recently. We are huge fans of Will Arnett & thought that we would give it a try. We watched every episode in a day & couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to “Steve, Emmy, Puddle & even crazy Andy” in the next season. We worked out of our home for 3-4 days a week for 3 years & that is why we probably lacked to have seen the show on cable. To our huge dissapointment we found out from this page (that i googled) that there would not be a season 2. HUGE HUGE dissapointment. We are fans of this show & WANT it back! Yes, Steve trying to win over Emmy (being the activist that she was & him being a rich spoiled brat) was fun & exciting. It would have been nice to atleast finish off the show with a happy funny ending. So sad. We loved the fact that Steve was filthy rich & his fueds with his neighbour “Fihad”. ” The bigger the better”….their motto. This seems to be the case of “family guy”. It cancelled after 2 episodes & then 3 years later brought it back & now its one of the most popular shows out there. I suggest that you change your minds, get creative & begin filming “running wilde” again with some hilariously new ideas.

  7. Andy Searle says

    Like most of the people who have commented on here…. I just watched the whole season on Netflix and thought it was awesome. I also didn’t know that the show existed when it was originally aired. I remember catching one of the episodes half way through when it was on, but could never figure out what it was and watch it again.

    They need to ressurect this show, or Netflix needs to pick it up as they are doing with Arrested Development.

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