The Gifted: FOX Cancels Low-Rated Drama After Two Seasons

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There are some big changes coming to FOX as it heads into its first full season as an independent TV station.

The network has canceled The Gifted after two low-rated seasons, Variety is reporting.

Lorna Looks Over the Baby - The Gifted Season 2 Episode 3

The Gifted starred Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker as parents who learn that their children have mutant abilities.

As such, they go on the run and find themselves joining a network of superheroes who are also in hiding.

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Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White, Sean Teale, Coby Bell, Jamie Chung, Blair Redford, and Emma Dumont were also part of the show's expansive cast.

The Gifted Season 2 got off to a sluggish start in the ratings last fall. When it wrapped earlier this year, it averaged a mere 2 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating.

Andy Looking at Reeva - The Gifted Season 2 Episode 3

These numbers presented declines of over 40 percent year-to-year in both metrics, proving that the series was losing steam.

The cancellation is not surprising. It was Fox's second lowest-rated scripted series, coming in just ahead of the terminal Friday drama, Proven Innocent.

While delayed viewing is usually higher for genre fare, The Gifted even struggled on that front, and that appears to be part of the reason why Fox is parting ways with it.

Polaris Has a New Haircut - The Gifted Season 2 Episode 4

Fox will have wrestling on Fridays for the entirety of next season, and Thursday Night Football in the fall, so slots on the network are becoming royalty, and they will only be reserved for the stronger performers.

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Fox has also ousted Rel after just one season. The Lil Rel Howert series will not return to the new iteration of Fox after a season of weak ratings.

On Sundays, the live-action comedy averaged 2 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, coming in well below the other comedies on the night.

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The series finale aired January 13.

As for the renewed series at the network, 9-1-1, The Resident, The Masked Singer, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, and The Simpsons have been confirmed for returns next season.

Of the remaining series, Empire, Last Man Standing, The Passage, Star, and The Orville are expected to return.

Cookie With Her Son - Empire Season 5 Episode 15

Proven Innocent, Lethal Weapon, and The Cool Kids are not expected to return.

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The Gifted Quotes

The X-Men? The Brotherhood? We don't even know if they exist anymore! We're alone and we are getting picked off one-by-one.

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Stop right there. Let me be clear -- Andy needs help and if he doesn't get it, I will sue this school into oblivion.

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