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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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Art March 28, 2015 at 8:23 pm

What a shame!! Maybe the marketing people should be fired because my daughter turned me on to this show and its great!! I never even heard of it. The marketing people should be ashamed of itself!!


ggc March 22, 2015 at 12:12 am

What at great show! Would love to see me!


Anonymous March 17, 2015 at 3:46 pm

You never gave it a chance. I just found out about this show yesterday through word of mouth. You needed to let this show continue and market it on Netflix and market it better on television. I am a college student and don’t watch cable to often now. You need to figure out a way to market to college students differently because that’s a big audience your missing out on. This show was great but sad to find out it was shut down.


Sean March 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Loved this show so awesome better then bones i beleive and it was great nothing wrong with it u shouldn’t have changed to Friday nights and u should of aired it on more commercials so more people could of known about it u should have kept playing more episodes and more seasons I would of deff cent up in ratings very interesting to watch I think it’s a shame to see it gone bring it back though people can really connect with the characters it’s a great show can’t stress enough……


gwen March 5, 2015 at 3:49 pm

We watched all of season 1 on Netflix. Would love to see it continue on Netflix.


Anonymous March 4, 2015 at 11:08 pm

We need more, love the episode that they played on bones. Was thrilled to see it on Netflix! Now they need to make more seasons, even if it just for Netflix.


Tonsy March 4, 2015 at 2:42 am

I loved all the characters in The Finder. Gotta say though any advertisement for the show made me not want to watch. So I recently got Netflix and watched it. Loved it. Especially the arranged marriage plot. Very disappointed I won’t see more.


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