Fox is cancelling its long-running crime-stopping series ’America’s Most Wanted,’ reports Entertainment Weekly.
The series, which profiles men and women wanted by law enforcement agencies, has been on the air since 1988 and consistently wins its time period. A few years ago it announced the capture of its 1,000th criminal. The show is legendary – but it doesn’t seem to be enough.
The show will still have a presence on Fox next season, with the network airing four quarterly two-hour specials, but the Saturday night slots will otherwise be replaced by repeats. Really Fox?
Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly told reporters on Monday that the show was no longer profitable. “John Walsh has been an important guy at network for a long time,” Reilly says. “It’s been an important show for us historically. We haven’t made money on the show in quite awhile. It wasn’t particularly viable. We wanted to keep the franchise alive. John is having conversations about ways to keep the series alive.”
“We’re going to be in originals across our schedule,” Reilly says. “We want to be able to play repeats to give the audience a chance to catch up and that’s one of the few places we can do that.”
The show averaged 5 million viewers this season and a 1.7 rating in the adult demo, which is still pretty impressive for a Saturday night. The show was perfect for those boring Saturday nights, so I don’t know what many middle-aged parents will do now. Will you miss the show?