The first of what I’m sure will be a long line of casualties coming out of the official Disney acquisition of Fox has been announced.
X-Men Universe inspired, “The Gifted” has been canceled after 2 seasons as reported by Variety.
After the show’s first season averaged a 1.0 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and 3.31 million total viewers, the average rating for season two almost halved down to 0.59, while the average viewership dipped to 1.95 million.
The show’s season 2 finale aired in February and was watched by 1.6 million viewers. This was down considerably from the 4.9 million views the show was able to draw for the pilot episode.
Following the cancellations of the Netflix Marvel shows and FX’s Legion airing its final season, it’ll be interesting to see what comes next for Marvel television shows.
I’m guessing the House of Mouse overlords are just reclaiming properties to bolster up the TV roster for the Disney+ service set to launch later this year. Deadline is suggesting something similar saying “The Gifted” might find “a new home within the Disney family” by landing on Freeform or Hulu.
Considering Marvel doesn’t quite have a plan just yet with how to reintroduce the X-Men into the MCU, this cancellation wasn’t unexpected and just might be for the best if they are seeking to create some continuity amongst their film and television universe.
“The Gifted” told the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.