The Gifted and Rel Canceled at Fox
Rel, a multi-camera comedy from Lil Rel Howery, lasted just one season. Meanwhile, the X-Men adjacent drama The Gifted lasted two seasons at the network. However, it didn’t make the cut for Season 3 after losing almost half its viewership over the course of the season. It dropped 41 percent in weekly ratings and averaged about 2 million viewers per episode. The Gifted was Fox’s second lowest-rated drama after the legal procedural Proven Innocent.
The cancellation will likely come as sad news to fans after the Season 2 cliffhanger, which saw Blink (Jamie Chung) come back from the dead to take what was left of the underground to the future to face their latest crisis after successfully taking down the Inner Circle thanks to Reid’s (Stephen Moyer) sacrifice. The Gifted boss Matt Nix said ahead of the season finale that he was hopeful the show could find a new home if it didn’t make it on Fox, assuring TV Guide he and his team have “more story to tell.”
Shopping The Gifted elsewhere could be a complicated situation; the show’s parent studio was officially bought by Disney earlier this year. It could get a save as Fox and Marvel both fall under the Disney umbrella, or Mickey Mouse could choose to close this chapter in favor of starting an X-Men series of its own. In these wild days of television though, never say never.
Blair Redford, The Gifted