The Finder: Going on Hiatus, Cancelled?

Finder canceled hiatusThis evening, FOX released some new changes to their schedule that will take effect in the next couple weeks. One of the changes involves The Finder leaving the schedule. Will it be back, get a second season, or has the show actually been cancelled?

A spin-off of Bones, The Finder debuted on January 12th to a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.5 million total viewers. It was in fourth place for the timeslot and lost 29% of the Bones lead-in audience. It was hardly a great start for the new show.

In week two, with powerhouse American Idol as a lead-in, The Finder drew a 2.2 in the demo with 6.58 million. While that was a nice improvement over the first week’s numbers, the show actually lost a whopping 61% of the lead-in’s demo.

In week three, The Finder rose to a 2.8 in the demo and 8.44 million, losing 49% of the lead-in’s demo. For the last three weeks, The Finder’s ratings have dropped lower each week. Last Thursday’s episode hit a 2.0 with 6.18 million, losing 56% of the Idol demo.

While each show is ultimately judged on its own ratings, FOX can not be pleased that Idol is delivering a huge number of viewers and more than half of them are making a conscious decision to turn the channel. It’s become clear, especially based on the most recent numbers, that The Finder would almost certainly tank without having a big lead-in. They’ve given the series the best possible lead-in they have and it just doesn’t measure up. Touch will take over the coveted spot once Finder is gone.

The Finder is set to leave the schedule in two weeks, on March 8th. At that point, there will be five unaired episodes remaining and FOX has noted that the show will return later in the season. While that may be true, it looks highly unlikely that the network will want to invest in a second season.

But, what do you think? Should The Finder be renewed for season two or should FOX just cancel it? Why do you think more people aren’t watching?

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  1. Elaine says

    Please, please, please bring this show back. I watched the 1st season on HULU and I loved it………………..I have to know what happens to Willow. I hate it when you have a great show, it does not do excellent by YOUR rating standards then it is cancelled without any warning. Good shows like The Finder get canned but the fake reality of reality T.V finds its way and stays on…………….go figure.

  2. Kathy says

    =( I really loved the show. I don’t have cable, but I made sure to watch it every week on hulu. Watching the re-runs right now. I really hope that they decide that this show deserves a second chance…
    don’t leave us hanging on what happens to Willow.

  3. says

    Bring back the show. Really miss it. It was poorly advertised. If you’re not watching Idol, one wouldn’t know it existed. It was the real treat after Idol.

  4. Christine says

    Our family of five, ages 13, 17, 21, 45 & 47, all loved this show and are VERY disappointed it will not be returning for a second season. In our opinion, more shows like this should be on the air. We surf the channels, hoping to find something worthwhile and unfailingly the networks kill the only decent ones available; so in response, we turn OFF the TV.

  5. michele says

    my whole family watched the show it was a good show for parents and children. Wish they would bring it back. And as an addendum to the above article my family and I do not watch Idol and we are very tired of reality shows that don’t seem very real. Bring back funny, interesting and family friendly shows like the Finder.

  6. Jennifer fausnight says

    I love the show The Finder very much. I was soo happy that there were other shows on besides reality TV. It is hard foromplete with american Idol. Please put the Finder back on the sure.for season 2.

  7. Alisha otwell says

    Me and my husband absolutely LOVE this show, it relates to us and our family in so many ways we may not catch it when it is aired however we will watch it on Hulu if we missed an episode. Please don’t cancel this show is one of the only 3 shows we actually watch on tv.

  8. iddio says

    I very much like the show and would love another season but with the much to soon passing of Michael Clark Duncan would the show ever be the same?

  9. Suzanne says

    Great show! How disappointing. I am so sick of the “crap” staying on for 8 seasons but they don’t give the good shows a chance. Seinfeld sucked in ratings on its first season but look what happened.

  10. Sandy says

    Can’t believe that this show is not returning – how disappointing! We finally get something besides more reality shows and they don’t even give it a chance. Shame on the network!!

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