Fox has canceled its pricey prehistoric drama Terra Nova after one moderately rated season. The show is being shopped around to other networks by 20th Century Fox Television.
Due to the expansion of The X Factor, the Zooey Deschanel comedy will return in its usual time slot next month. The season finale of Terra Nova has been scheduled for Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.
Two and a Half Men averaged a 7.2 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, down from a 10.7 for last week’s season premiere. But the dropoff was expected. Last week the show killed off former lead actor Charlie Sheen and introduced a new lead, Ashton Kutcher, in the most anticipated half-hour of the fall season. Meanwhile, Fox’s much-hyped premiere of the new dinosaur drama Terra Nova debuted to a solid but unremarkable 3.0 rating from 8 to 10 p.m.
Fox is betting that Terra Nova, its highly anticipated new program about a family that travels from the year 2149 to prehistoric times as part of group trying to save the planet, can survive the craziness that is the fall television season. Because the casualty rate for new shows is so high, networks often try to protect ambitious projects until after the smoke has cleared and the early casualties of the season have been carted off. Fox, however, is eschewing a safe approach, marching right into the thick of battle and telling everyone else to get out of the way.
Fox has pushed back its big-budget prehistoric adventure-drama Terra Nova until fall. Originally slated to debut via a special two-night sneak peek in May, the Steven Spielberg-produced series will now premiere in the fall. The show’s ambitious visual effects are being blamed for the delay.
Fox has renewed Raising Hope, the network announced at TCA Tuesday. It also confirmed the sneak preview of Steven Spielberg’s Terra Nova: Monday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 24, at 9 p.m. ET. The show will premiere in the fall.