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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  1. RK says

    Me too, just found this on Netflix. What a great season finale. Really bought into the characters, don’t know what they would do without Michael Clarke Duncan, but I wish they could figure out something. C’mon Netflx, you’re in the business of bringing shows back to life! Do it one more time.


    I agree with all the above. Who in their right mind would prefer all that reality JUNK/GARBAGE? This was a entertaining show, not bad language, not full of typical Hollywood garbage..a great family program… doom and gloom…the good guys come out on top…Hollywood just can’t seem to put out good stuff much these days…..except the NCIS and CSI series. Even this was a really wonderful program…Criminal Minds gets pretty gory…had to quit watching it. But this, was wonderful PLEASE BRING IT BACK.

  3. maryann says

    This show must not have been advertised properly. I never heard of it until watching it on netflix. I thought it was great -wish there was more! Very disappointed there’s only one season. Fox may have got the demographics wrong.

  4. Karyn says

    I think it didn’t do well, because it wasn’t advertised. I never heard of it until I found it on Netflix and it’s an amazing show!

  5. uds says

    I also binge watched this show on netflix and am now very sad that there is no season two. They can’t just leave it like that. The endings nothing but loose ends ahhhhhh. Such a wonderful show Pls Pls bring it back! We’re sorry we didn’t know just found it on netflix. super sad

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