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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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jlmault January 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm

It is really too bad that a creative, entertaining show was cancelled. It sometimes seems that decisions to cancel good shows are made too quickly by people who do not patiently build a viewer “base. Letting word of mouth spread the word that there is a good show to watch still works given adequate time. Changing days sometimes creates problems in finding shows that “disappear”. As viewers use DVR and “miss” the ads and announcements we also miss changes in date/time….that has happened to me several times. Good fiction is much better than created “reality fiction” in reality shows!


Paul Smith January 14, 2013 at 8:46 am

Once again Fox has shown that it cancels a good t.v. series (The Finder) that it is totally out of touch with the viewing public. I say sack the V.P.who pulled the plug. The person has no concept of intelligent plot lines compared to the absolute dross it keeps showing.
Your a waste of time and money


Jenett January 11, 2013 at 3:52 am

I think it was a good show and should not have been cancelled. It seems to me that all the producers wants is realistic shows and not any good shows like the Finder, CSI Miami etc. There are too many realistic shows on TV now as well as sitcoms. I have a hard time trying to find something good to watch on TV as it is.


R Bensing January 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I don’t believe the finder had a chance to succeed because of the shows it was up against. It is very well done and should be given another chance.


John Hoeksema January 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I guess no one at Fox was willing to say “I’ma risk it” Stupid character and some very sophomoric if not juvenile writing!


Sally Walker-Cousins December 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Bring back the Finder, please. Being taken into custody like that can’t be the end of the story. It simply can’t.


Cyndi December 10, 2012 at 1:13 am

“The Finder” was a good show. I am not sure what it would be like without Duncan :( very sad He will be greatly missed, but I would like to see a come back. The story lines were always enjoyable sometimes sad sometimes funny. I don’t know any one that didn’t like the show. A great mix of charactors. They worked well together. I enjoyed when they would bring a charator from the Bones staff to work with them on a case.


Paolo December 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Secondo me avete fatto un errore a cancellare la produzione dello show TV “the Finder”. In Italia ha avuto successo. Piace a tutte le famiglie, in alternativa alle solite serie TV. Dovreste proseguire la produzione….


Stephen Williams December 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I have really enjoyed “The Finder”. I have been watching it on hulu as I do not have regular channels. It saddens that such an inventive show as “The Finder” has been removed from Fox’s schedule and replaced with yet another reality show. Even though the loss of Michael Clarke Duncan is a serious blow to the show, I believe “The Finder” can still be successful. It is rare that a show’s characters jells so well together in such a short time. Maybe MCD’s character could be replaced with Eric Roberts, as the gypsy who is trying to take “The Ends of the Earth” from Leo who has either passed away or is missing. Uncle Shadrac believes there is a fortune hidden and the bar and its island hold the clue to a lost gypsy treasure. This is why he is using the legal system to take the bar and Leo’s land from him or his heirs, (a nephew, or maybe even Willa or Walter) could be good! Walter must find the rightful heirs and the real will or living trust of his deceased friend Leo Knox and put his spirit to rest with his family and maybe the treasure as well.


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vivienne December 2, 2012 at 12:14 am

I think that it was a great show and perhapes better advertising………….it was cool watching him figure out who how and why. wasnt too impressed wih the US Mashall and where that was going but it was taken off way too early.


Anonymous November 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm

There’s something wrong in the tv market. The finder was cancelled and we’re expecting another series on “falling skies”? Bah!!!


vivienne December 2, 2012 at 12:15 am

yea not interested in falling skies


Suzan Pinkham November 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm

‘The Finder’ was a well conceived show that should not have been cancelled. You asked for ideas that would have helped the show: you could have advertised in the middle of the ‘Bones’ and at different times during the week to cover a larger audience that might not watch ‘Bones’. Another idea would have been to increase Walter’s back story and Willa’s role with her family dynamics, that was an interesting part of the story line.
“The Finder” was an excellent show and Fox should have kept it going instead of giving us more reality shows.


Anonymous November 22, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Too bad. It was a good show with fun characters. Loved it,\.


Kevin November 22, 2012 at 2:07 am

A lot of shows take 2-3 seasons to really catch on. I think that some shows don’t get adequate time to reach their audience. This was a one of a kind, truly entertaining show. Come on Fox, give the Finder some time. It’s fun and refreshing.


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