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Fox Chairman Casts Serious Doubts on Renewal of “The Exorcist”

Two awesome horror shows that we’re incredibly worried about are Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead” and Fox’s “The Exorcist, both of which have been steadily dropping in the ratings. The second season of “The Exorcist” averaged 2.36 million viewers, which is troubling compared to the 3.15 million viewers that the first season averaged.

We don’t yet know for sure if “The Exorcist” will be cancelled or renewed for a third season – it wasn’t until May of last year that we learned a second season had been ordered – but the outlook is looking pretty grim right about now. At the INTV conference in Jerusalem today, Deadline reports, Fox chairman Gary Newman cast doubts.

Newman noted that the Friday viewing slot for “The Exorcist” was “tough for that show” last season. He added, “We had hoped that we would be able to tap into a moviegoing crowd who didn’t want to go out to the movies… and we did get some viewership. I thought the show was incredibly well produced, the stories were great.”

[The Exorcist] is clearly a show that’s on the bubble,” Newman noted.

Unfortunately, the term “on the bubble” indicates that the show’s chances are not very good for renewal. Again, nothing is set in stone, but this is huge cause for concern.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.



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