As if a network possessed, FOX renewed The Exorcist TV show, despite hellishly low broadcast ratings in its freshman outing. While the Rance family’s story has concluded — meaning Geena Davis, Alan Ruck, Hannah Kasulka, and Brianne Howey are not returning as series regulars — the horror continues for Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and former priest Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels). Should fans expect further divine intervention? Will The Exorcist be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
Based on the 1973 feature film and William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel, The Exorcist stars Herrera, Daniels, Kurt Egyiawan, Zuleikha Robinson, John Cho, Brianna Hildebrand, and Li Jun Li. Christopher Cousins and Cyrus Arnold join the FOX horror drama this year, on a recurring basis. In the second season, Father Bennett (Egyiawan) sets out to uncover evil at the Vatican, while Keane and Ortega set off to assist troubled foster children, in the Pacific Northwest.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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For comparisons: The first season of The Exorcist on FOX averaged a 0.68 rating in the 18-49 year old viewer demographic and 1.914 million total viewers (live + same day).
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like The Exorcist TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a third season on FOX?