Both shows ended their freshman seasons this past December, earning lower-than-expected ratings. Pitch, which stars Kylie Bunbury as the first female player for Major League Baseball, averaged a .83 rating in the 18-49 demo with a total of 3.032 million viewers. The Exorcist, which is based on the classic 1973 horror movie, brought in even lower ratings, with an average rating of .68 in the 18-49 demo and only 1.914 million viewers.
However, the low ratings don’t necessarily mean FOX will cancel the series. At a recent conference, Walden said second seasons for both shows are “in the conversation”:
Both are very much in the conversation. Not sure. Exorcist actually improved our time period on Friday night by about 35% and it’s an interesting opportunity. It’s never going to be a big ratings winner because of the serialized nature but I thought the show was really good and it was very consistent. Pitch? Bigger conversation.”
And what is that conversation for Pitch? Walden says the network has a tough decision to make:
It’s a female-skewing idea, but it’s about baseball and men watch baseball. So we’ve tried and the delayed-viewing is excellent. Now we have to make a tough decision which is in this environment is it possible to grow Pitch to 6 or 7 million viewers on a seven-day metric?”
What do you think? Are you a fan of Pitch and/or The Exorcist? Do you want a second season?