The network’s upfronts are in full swing now and the swing of the ax came swiftly for two really great Fox horror shows. Sadly, The Exorcist and Lucifer have been canceled by Fox.

The Exorcist was well received by critics and fans after two seasons but ratings were low.

The Exorcist was met with some of the best reviews for a new series in 2016, and the acclaim continued in Season 2. But, scheduled on Friday nights, the series adaptation of the classic 1973 movie never got traction. In its most recent second season, it averaged a paltry 0.6 adults 18-49 Live+7 rating.

Putting the horror series on Friday nights was “tough for that show,” Fox chairman Gary Newman said in March. “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 wrapped its second season on December 15 with the bloody and unexpected death of a major character. The finale posted a 0.4 Live+same day 18-49 rating, down 33% from its Season 1 ender of December 16, 2016.

Lucier’s charmed life has also run out of luck. Lucifer, based on the comic book characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo, starred Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Rachael Harris, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Aimee Garcia, Tricia Helfer, Scarlett Estevez and Kevin Alejandro.

A low-key midseason entry in 2016, Lucifer, from Warner Bros. TV, exceeded expectations, earning a second-season renewal, a Season 2 back order and an early Season 3 renewal — all within nine months. Last season, Lucifer ran head-to-head in the ratings with its higher-profile, bigger-budget Monday lead-in Gotham, both averaging a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating in Live+Same Day and 1.9 in L+7.

In a series of tweets, their respective executive producers Jeremy Slater and Joe Henderson detailed the news:

About Michael Juvinall (1995 Articles)
I am a devoted husband and father. I have been a voracious horror fan since the early age of 5. I watch all horror films but my great loves are classic horror films: Universal Monsters, Werewolves, Hammer Horror and an all around affinity for things that go bump in the night!

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