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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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John May 23, 2015 at 2:53 pm

I agree that the finder need to be brought back because it is a great show with very good story lines and the season finale does leave you with a cliff hanger but the only problem I can see with bringing the finder back is that Michael Clarke Duncan is now dead and I don’t know about you but the finder would not be the same without Leo. So maybe it’s better to keep the finder at rest to honor the great Michael Clarke Duncan as his last spectacular performance


stephen May 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Shows need 2 seasons. Its just that simple… And regardless of ones scifi feelings, to the critics who say Shows are bad and such I have 2 words, Star Trek. Which was canceled and went on to become a world wide hit with multiple blockbuster hits. Whats this to do with the finder? Simple. One season of a complex show like The Finder, Alcatraz, ect ect… Is not enough. Its just not. You have to give the population time to absorb the content. And see what they think. One season… While it seems like a lot of time. Its only 14hrs, if your lucky 22 to 24hrs. Thats not long tv professionals. If after 2 seasons the viewers aren’t there. I get it, i understand. But just 1? Thats not logical.


Cheryl May 21, 2015 at 10:53 pm

The Finder was a great FIND for us. This show was so well casted and written. It had drama, suspense, love, humor and depth. The chemistry between all of the cast was perfect. Great job on the casting. Most of TV is not worth watching anymore, the quality has settled in the gutter. All these moronic reality TV shows and “so-called” adult cartoons are awful. TV has really become the Idiot Box as our parents said it would, but with The Finder it has restored a little bit of hope that there are still good writers, producers, actors, etc out there. Great story lines, that captured you expecting great things for the next show. Please we beg you to bring back the Finder. Did we say Please?


Austin May 21, 2015 at 8:41 pm

I loved it. Its the same for me with the Netflix. Other than seeing bitts and peices of the last episode when I was little I knew nothing of it. Then I watch it on netflix. I saw one season and said this show is great why don’t they have the second season. My heart was crushed, thrown in mud and put in a fire when I found out there was no second season… then the last episode happened. It felt so inconclusive. Bottom line. BING IT BACK NOW! NETFILX ONLY, ON T.V I DO NOT CARE. I WANT IT KNOW. sorry for the “yelling” but I love this show like llllllllllllllllooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeee it.


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