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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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Alexei September 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

From all the viewers from Russia and Ukraine: ask you to return serial!!! Pleeaaase!!!!

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Kathy August 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

Bring Finder back! Love the show!!!!! You cannot expect high viewers on a Friday night!!! Funny show!!!!!

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ashley August 15, 2012 at 11:45 pm

No one watches it because you put it on after American Idol which no one likes any more but people love The Finder.

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ashley August 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Please bring the Finder back! It’s a great show.

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Bri Desirée August 7, 2012 at 1:24 am

THE FINDER SHOULD BE BROUGHT BACK, for at least one more season, it was my favourite show on TV, and knowing me, i don’t watch very much TV, but what i know is that all my friends, family and probably some of my enemies like… wait not strong enough, LOVE the FINDER, and it may be a slow start, but keep going, get more advertising!! its going to be good if you give it a chance and tell everyone about it, get more publicity.
~Bri Desirée

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Sherri August 5, 2012 at 1:23 am

Pls bring The Finder back, it can’t be left hanging like that. Bring it back and give it a proper ending. Thank you.

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RICK August 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

THE FINDER WAS NEVER PROPERLY MARKEDED. THE SHOW SHOULD HAVE BEEN NURTURED AND GIVEN A CHANCE TO GROW. ADVERTIZING WAS SPOTTY AT BEST WHERE AS ADS FOR “ALCATRAZ” AND OTHER FOX SHOWS WERE CONSTANTLY PUSHED. IT’S A NICE DIVERSIONARY TREAT WITHOUT THE VIOLENCE AND CUSTOMARY B.S. USUALLY SEEN ON T.V. USA NETWORK SHOULD PICK IT UP. WOULD FIT IN WITH THEIR CARACTER THEME.

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Helene Lindmark, Sweden July 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Hi,

please give the Finder one more season. It might just be a bit slow in the start, before everyone realizes it’s just a wonderful, wonderful show. I mean come on, Sweden has bought the show, and we swedes are quite picky when it comes to what we watch. Please give us back our Finder, or we might go find some other channel to watch.

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Anonymous July 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I missed the Finder several times because I turned the TV on too early only to FIND American Idol which I never watch (dislike)- so I would change the channel to something else wiating for the Finder to come on after Idol and get sidetracked and miss the show that i really wanted to watch which has now been cancelled :-(

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fishchicky July 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

I love The Finder. The show is different and I look forward to seeing it every-time it is aired. So please bring it back. It’s quirky and fun, inventive and not the traditional show..not sci fi, not a cop show. I’m glad its not a mock up of another reality show, and it’s a great alternative to American Idol..I truly hate that show and wish it would be cancelled. Thanks for offering The Finder..Hope you guys bring it back for season 2 :)

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Please Keep The Finder June 23, 2012 at 6:35 am

There are so many shows out there that are cop, coroner, reality types, it’s so refreshing to have a show like “The Finder”, It’s the happy ending we all look for, or are we so caught up in death and mayhem that we can’t enjoy the lighter side of life… Heck episode 13 had it’s own form of mayhem which I applauded. So come on writers you can do this make it work and give “The Finder” a chance .

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sue June 20, 2012 at 8:30 am

cont. from last comment, as a matter of fact the Finder should help Seely find Tempe, very good plot for seely to have to get finder from the feds (since that is where u left us) then ask finder to find tempe and baby who the finder said MIGHT be THE ONE !! on the bones show season 6 ep.19. fox lost the chance to have the next star trek when they missed out on Firefly hope they dont miss this one the Finder is worth saving…

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sue June 20, 2012 at 8:21 am

just caught Finder on Bones S.6 Ep.19. watched Finder and DVR ed Idol. So finder so much more cool than Idol. Please Fox i luv your station so renew Finder … the Finder and his legal advisor are a must the rest can be replaced.. at least thats what i think really enjoy Finder.. very sexy and interesting am preasently watching Bones on netflix.. was surprised to see first Finder ep..

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Mary Young May 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

The Finder is not only a fresh and innovative television show it brings entertainment back to tv. With so many tv shows promoting selfishness, immorality, and heartlessness (major of reality tv ie. any housewife show, Kardashians, and how can I not mention any show that support and promotes teen pregnancy) it is sad to see a show with such heart and humor fall victim to ratings. The Finder is an excellent show and it should be saved.

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EILEEN May 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm

please, please keep the finder. it is absolutely one of the best shows on tv.
totally different from the crime drama or supernatural shows. very refreshing. I love the characters.

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