After two awesome seasons, we’re sorry to report today that Fox has pulled the plug on “The Exorcist,“ cancelling the series after just two seasons on the air. It’s the latest show in a long line of popular ones to be cancelled by the network this week, including “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Last Man on Earth” and, earlier today, “Lucifer.”
Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels starred as the titular exorcists in the Jeremy Slater-created series, which brilliantly tied into William Friedkin’s The Exorcist in its debut season. The season, initially unbeknownst to any of us, centered on an adult Regan MacNeil, played by Geena Davis. Season 2 told a new story entirely its own.
I know it’s easy to get angry at Fox, but the reality is that we were the lowest-rated drama on any network and they still brought us back for a second season, because they loved the show. There are no bad guys in this scenario.
— Jeremy Slater (@jerslater) May 11, 2018
As bummed as we are, we can’t say we’re exactly surprised by the news, as Season 2 of “The Exorcist” wasn’t exactly a ratings success for Fox. They showed faith in the series by renewing it for a second season, despite the under 2 million viewers it was pulling in on a weekly basis, but Season 2’s viewership dipped as low as 1.15 million viewers.
At times like these, it’s hard not to be bitter. But for two seasons, we got some pretty incredible storytelling and a wonderful continuation of a horror classic. On top of that, Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels turned in stellar performances for two years as Tomas Ortega and Marcus Keane, and we’re grateful for everything they gave to us.
“The Exorcist” was a damn good television show. And it will be sorely missed.