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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: FOX Series cancelled, No Season Three

TerminatorTo no surprise, FOX has cancelled its sci-fi series after two seasons. With a new Terminator movie about to be released, one would think the show’s future would be secure. What’s the deal?

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles debuted in January of 2008 to a whopping 18.3 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/18 share in the 18-49 demographic. Unfortunately, much of the strength of that debut could be credited to having an NFL playoff game as a lead-in. The next night, only 10.07 million returned to see episode two and the ratings for subsequent installments declined from there. Despite falling to a low of 7.12 million and a 2.7 rating, FOX opted to order a second season.

The sophomore year of the series got off to a slow start in September of 2008. The season two premiere attracted just 6.33 million viewers and a 2.4/7 rating/share in the demo. On Monday nights, airing opposite Chuck, the viewership declined even further.

FOX ordered a full season but in 2009 shifted the series to Friday nights, paired with compatible Dollhouse. It was hoped that, together, they would draw a substantial audience. It didn’t happen and Sarah Connor was commonly seen as a poor lead-in for the new Joss Whedon series. Sarah Connor’s Friday night numbers hit a low of 2.9 million viewers and a 1.0/4 in the 18-49 demographic.

Though the show’s core fans have been very supportive of the series, the efforts ultimately weren’t enough to save it. At today’s upfronts, FOX president Kevin Reilly confirmed that there wouldn’t be a third season of Sarah Connor. The studio had apparently been trying to shop the series to other outlets but those efforts were fruitless.

Will we ever get answers to the series’ open-ended questions? Doubtful. Though the Terminator saga will continue for a long time to come, it looks like this chapter is closed.

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Kim Lake December 24, 2012 at 4:41 am

So upsetting this didn’t make it. This show was amazing. I hate all other television. It’s all that all people like now is mindless trash.

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Steve May 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

This is another case of short-sighted corporate execs (a la Firefly). I finally watched both seasons and was blown away by how good the show was. I sincerely hope they bring it back, because there’s so much more they could do with it.

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hank May 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

nothing related to terminator should be canceled

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sau. March 29, 2012 at 2:12 am

bring it back

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totallypistoff January 11, 2012 at 4:54 am

ya, i just finished it up, i loved it but im not surprised. America seems to love drama, tits, ass , snookie, and everything that has to do with shallow,egotistical garbage! i HATE nearly everything that has become popular in our culture! I guess im getting old idk… anyways it’s a shame, but so is the billboard top 100!

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hank May 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

just because your old doesnt mean that you cant like present tv shows, just gotta give em a chance(:

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mohamed saldin April 15, 2011 at 7:42 am

i just cannot understand why this was cancelled when it was getting very interesting? Any chance for a 3rd season?

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Tyler March 31, 2011 at 5:48 am

thats the crapiest way 2 end the show come on FOX u could have at least made 1 more episode to properly end an AWESOME!!! series maybe u just aired them at the wrong time and date BRING IT BACK!!!!!!!!

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Stand March 6, 2011 at 2:28 am

BRING IT BACK!

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jeremy February 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I too just watched both seasons on Netflix and is extremely disappointed thAt a show this good was cancelled. Even my wife who doesn’t care for the terminator movies thought the show was very interesting and liked it. Someone needs to pick this show up fast

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