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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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EILEEN May 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm

PLEASE, PLEASE KEEP THE FINDER. BEST SHOW ON TV, NOT ANOTHER CRIME DRAMA OR SUPERNATURAL DRAMA.

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Lisa May 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I enjoy ‘the finder’ . It would be a shame to have an entertaining show dropped and replaced with another ‘so called reality show’.

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Anonymous May 24, 2012 at 7:20 am

The Finder is the best show out there. Fox would be stupid to cancel such a great show!

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Britnee May 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Keep The Finder! I love this show! I miss it already.

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Anonymous May 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Ii really like the finder.Please keep the 2 se on.

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bob May 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I really enjoy this show and I hope Fox reconsiders renewing it. It is unfair to viewers when a show disappears with so many lose ends.

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d May 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm

PLEASE KEEP THE FINDER WE NEED REAL PROGRMING- INSTEAD OF THAT REALITY JUNK- ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WHAT’S HAPPENED TO REAL ACTORS, THEY AREN’T GETTING MUCH WORK! WE ACTUALLY GET A REAL TV SHOW WITH TALENT, AND THE NETWORK WANTS IT CANCLED. THERE ARE SO FEW GOOD SHOW ON TV TODAY.

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anonymous May 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

i just watched the finder season finale and there is a huge cliffhanger. if it does not return for a second season i am going to be PISSED OFF. so help me god, I will write to fox. This is my favorite show on tv.

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anonymous May 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I just watched the season finale and it has a big cliffhanger and i am PISSED. if this does not come back for a second season, so help me god i am writing to fox.

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Surprise girl May 21, 2012 at 11:00 am

The Finder was one of the more innovative and quirky shows on tv with very likeable characters with a story line that was virtually unlimited. I am so disappointed that The Fnder won’t return. There is so much trash on tv that a show that’s likeable and new can be ignored is so frustrating.

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CLB May 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

Typical…as usual all the crappy shows remain and the shows that are worth keeping are tossed!! On top of which we (the viewers) get no vote!! Now it wouldn’t be so bad, but we have to pay good money for bad TV!!!

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Jan May 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

WOW! I am so DISAPPOINTED that THE FINDER may be cancelled! It is one of my favorite shows! The season finale was amazing! It’s one of the few shows on TV that my husband and I can watch with our children! Please, please, please keep this show on TV!

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Jan May 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

At least I think it was the season finale… The Boy with the Bucket… Not sure if it was or not, but it was AMAZING! Loved it!

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Lisa May 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Keep the Finder there are 8 of us here who watch it faithfully including a 6 yr old.

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Anonymous May 15, 2012 at 5:43 am

KEEP THE FINDER!!!!!! All the idol shows stink! KEEP THE FINDER!!!!!!

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anonymous May 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I dont watch american idol, but i love the finder, as do my children. Maybe its just needs a new time since its such a family show.

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vet723 May 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Best show ever. American Idol viewers are not the same viewers and are looking for the usual schnect that FOX dishes out. Try a show that actually makes you think.

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