It’s the end of the road for Fox drama The Following after two seasons. There had been talk of a possible run on a digital platform but that may be a long shot.
The Parents Television Council is calling out Fox Broadcasting for rating an episode of The Following that showed a young woman having her throat brutally and graphically slit open as appropriate for children as young as 14. The episode aired as early as 8 p.m. C/MT and was given a TV-14 (Parents Strongly Cautioned) rating instead of what PTC feels would have been a more appropriate TV-MA (Mature Audience Only) rating.
Fox has handed out early renewals for next season to comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl and The Mindy Project and drama The Following.
The Following debuted its second season to big numbers following last Sunday’s NFC championship game, but less than half that crowd followed the show to its regular timeslot. Following made its Monday premiere last night with disappointing numbers. The drama averaged a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., down from a 4.4 for its post-NFC title game bow. Certainly a decline was expected. Following had no lead-in support last night, running behind a repeat of its season premiere.
Fox has made a slight scheduling change in the comings and goings of its Monday dramas, and will now give rookie Sleepy Hollow a two-hour finale. Kevin Bacon drama The Following is still getting a second-season premiere on Sunday, Jan. 19 (following Fox Sports’ coverage of the NFC Championship) but will now not start on its regular night of Monday until Jan. 27.
Fox has given renewals to midseason drama The Following and Tuesday comedies New Girl, Raising Hope and The Mindy Project. They join recently renewed veteran Bones, with negotiations for a fifth season of Glee ongoing.
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj kick off their American Idol season Jan. 16, while Kevin Bacon’s The Following slips into the Mob Doctor slot Jan. 21.