For ‘Scream Queens,’ approaching game over
Fox's experimental anthology season has posted terribly low numbers
December 20, 2016
Tonight “Scream Queens” airs its season finale at 9 p.m., which will also likely be the Ryan Murphy horror anthology’s series finale as well.
When “Queens” debuted last year, Fox had high hopes for the show. Unabashedly aimed at Millennials, it married the horror elements of Murphy’s “American Horror Show” with the campy elements of his Fox musical hit “Glee.”
But the show never quite took off. It bowed to low numbers and only declined as the year went on. Still, Fox renewed the program, baffling media buyers.
Although it drew a good amount of online viewing and DVR playback, they couldn’t understand why the network would bring back a show that so clearly was of interest to so few people.
Indeed, this season ratings for “Queens” have been almost moribund. The show has averaged a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen, losing almost half of last year’s 1.1. It’s one of the lowest-rated programs on broadcast.
It’s hard to see Fox bringing it back for a third season, no matter how much the network loves Murphy. The network would be better off revamping the entire night, as the comedies “New Girl” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” earlier in the night have drawn low numbers as well.
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