Fox announced the cancellation of critically acclaimed “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
The Andy Samberg-headed comedy will now end its fifth season, and series, on May 20.
The primary reason for the cancellation was its ratings, reported The Wrap, with an average of 2.7 million viewers but a 1.2 rating among the 18-49 demographic (highest among live-action comedy on Fox this season). “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” along with “The Mick” and “The Last Man on Earth,” which were also canceled, was tied at 13th in ratings out of 20 total scripted shows on Fox.
The only lower-rated scripted series are either already canceled (“New Girl”) or are considered on the bubble, or likely to be canceled (“L.A. to Vegas” and “Lucifer” and “The Exorcist”).
A source at Fox also told the Wrap that the network has less room because of the added night of “Thursday Night Football.” Another reason cited was “a large portion of our new series renewed.”
Along with former “Saturday Night Live” star Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” starred Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Dirk Blocker, and Joel McKinnon Miller.
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Variety reported that with over 100 episodes, the show will be shopped to outlets to stream, with NBC and Hulu cited as “logical options.”
The outcry from fans over the cancelation has several networks considering scooping it up not for reruns, but for new episodes.
Hulu could be an option for both streaming old episodes or financing new ones, with Deadline noting that a similar situation happened to “The Mindy Project” after it was canceled on Fox.
TBS was cited as another option, with Netflix another possible landing spot.
“Regardless of how things play out, people close to the show are optimistic that we have not seen the last of Detective Jake Peralta and the gang,” Deadline reported.