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The Finder: Cancelled; No Season Two

season two of The Finder canceledBones has been a quiet hit for FOX but the same can’t be said for its spin-off, The Finder. FOX has now cancelled the low-rated series after one season.

The Finder is a procedural series that revolves around a man (Geoff Stults) with the extraordinary ability to help people find the unfindable. Other castmembers include Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Masohn, and Michael Clarke Duncan.

The spin-off debuted on January 12th to a disappointing 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.50 million total viewers. It was fourth in its Thursday night timeslot right out of the gate and lost nearly 30% of the all-important demo from its compatible lead-in, Bones. This was not a good start.

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Things picked up a bit in the following weeks, thanks in large part to the show having FOX’s blockbuster American Idol as a lead-in. Still, the numbers weren’t as high as they should have been.

After seven weeks on the air, FOX put Finder on hiatus and then moved it to Friday nights, giving its Thursday timeslot to Touch. If The Finder could maintain a healthy percentage of its viewers after the switch, it would likely garner a renewal.

But that didn’t happen and Finder’s numbers dropped like a rock. In its first Friday airing, the freshman series attracted a 1.1 demo rating — an episode-to-episode loss of 53% — with just 4.03 million viewers. The numbers for future episodes fluctuated a bit but didn’t really get any more encouraging. The network could do just as well or better by running cheaper reality programming.

The season finale of The Finder is set to air this Friday night and there won’t be any episodes after that. Hopefully the producers saw the writing on the wall early enough and won’t leave viewers hanging with any major unresolved storylines.

What do you think? What went wrong with this show? Why do you think The Finder failed to attract a bigger audience? Was cancelling the series the right decision? How would you have fixed it?


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greg October 20, 2014 at 2:55 am

I’m soTry to say that I too found this show on Netflix a little too late as it was canceled two plus years back. My hope is that Netflix takes a look at the viewer ratings and the fact it has 5 stars on Netflix and may decide to pick it up and produce it further. They are the ones that seem to take the shows that should have made it and didn’t and give them another shot. So if any Netflix big wigs are reading this, produce more of the finder! No more reality crap please!!


greg October 20, 2014 at 3:00 am

That should have said I’m sorry to say, not I’m so try. Typing on my phone gets messy sometimes sorry all. You get the point either way. Lol.


Mark October 11, 2014 at 12:01 am

Absolutely absurd that this show was canceled. This was not a good show, it was Great! Had all the components you’d look for in a quality, entertaining, long lasting show. Heart, humor, intelligence, romance and intrigue. Of all the stupid, mindless shows that get put on the air much less renewed, I don’t think it’s possible for a Real show to make it. At this point they couldn’t bring the show back as you can Not replace Michael Clark Duncan nor could you do the show without him. You can’t replace or re-create his presence or his heart. He was a huge reason why the show was so good. What a shame all around. A damn good show cut to early and a Truely Wonderful human being lost far to soon. Mr. Duncan, you’re missed and please rest in piece.


Anonymous October 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Well said!


Alicia Cannon October 10, 2014 at 3:44 pm

First of all the network should have known better to even put it on thrusday nights…..uhu!!!!??? Scandal is on…then on Fridays, who is home on Friday nights…nobody…that is time to go out to dinner, movies or bars. I believe Wendsday would of made a better choice. The show was great..good story lines…great actors…made me laugh all the time…which is a good thing. I wish they would bring it back…like they have with some past shows….and this time promote it better…because i really don’t remember them doing so.


Richard October 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Agree with Susan, unfortunately I discovered The Finder on Netflix , very sad that there will be no season 2. Really enjoyed this show. Wish I would of discovered it earlier, that way I could have helped promote it through friends and family.


Lin October 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

Me too. I watched the series finale last night on Netflix. (As usual, a few years late).

I wonder if all that tragedy was intended as a really intense summer cliffhanger, or did they already know the series had been cancelled, and that was their petulant response?


John October 13, 2014 at 1:47 am

Same for me. Being a teen boy I found it on Netflix and was really upset not to have a second season. I really loved the show. If you want to watch something kind of similar but with more comedy, try watching Psych. It might keep you hopes up. It did for me,

John-15 years old


Lin October 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

LOL…already binge watched all 120 episodes. :-[


Damien October 15, 2014 at 10:39 am

Same here. I was bummed about Psych ending. But 1 season of The Finder is just depressing. Michael Clark Duncan has always been a favorite actors, may he rest in peace; and Walt’s character was awesome as well. I remember them on an episode of Bones, and actually thought they should have their own show. Was so excited to find out they did. Now I’m done watching and all I can think of is what happens next? Reminds me of one of my old favs Kyle XY that cancelled with a cliffhanger. All my favs seem to get cancelled for some reason. *sigh*

Susan October 7, 2014 at 7:54 am

These networks need to give shows more time to make it! Why are they only depending on Neillson rating or whatever they are!? Do some research folks! Loved the show Geoff & his crew were great. They could recast the part of Leo played by Michael Clarke Duncan, but they’d have to go big, larger than life I’m talkin’ cause Michael was awesome! Miss his presence!


Soraya October 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm

I loved that tv program. I love shows I can laught and entertaint. The Finder was one of this one. And the last episode was inconclusive, no real finale. What is wrong!
Is this show will be soon back?


Lin September 28, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Darn. I just discovered it, (I work nights, but just bought a Roku)…

and now it’s all over.

And yet they run multiple seasons of Duck Dynasty. What does this say about us? :-/


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