Fox just broke up with two very handsome men.
The network canceled Rob Lowe’s The Grinder and John Stamos’ Grandfathered on Thursday. The animated series Bordertown was also axed.
The news wasn’t overly surprising for The Grinder and Grandfathered, as both Tuesday comedies, which wrapped up their respective first seasons on May 10, struggled in the Nielsens. The Grinder — a legal/family comedy that featured Lowe as TV actor who leaves Hollywood and decides to try becoming a lawyer for real, much to the chagrin of his attorney brother (Fred Savage) — netted 3.1 million viewers per episode and a 1.1 rating in the key 18–49 demographic. Reviews for The Grinder were especially glowing, with many critics calling it one of the best network comedies and praising Lowe’s chemistry with Savage.
Grandfathered — which starred the charming Stamos as a longtime bachelor who tries to reform his ways after learning that he is not only a father but also a grandfather — drew 3.6 million viewers and a 1.3 rating among 18–49ers. The cast of Grandfathered also included Josh Peck and Paget Brewster.
Meanwhile, Bordertown‘s cancellation was the least shocking of the bunch, as it averaged just under two million viewers per episode and a lowly .8 in the 18–49 demo. Executive produced by Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane and Mark Hentemann, the animated show, which focused on two families living on the United States-Mexico border, filled the Sunday-at-9:30 p.m. slot in January after The Last Man on Earth went on hiatus. Last Man‘s ratings have been more than twice as high as Bordertown‘s in that time period.
Lowe addressed the bad news about The Grinder in a series of tweets on Thursday afternoon, noting” #TheGrinder was not renewed by @FOXTV It was unapologetically original, smart, funny and had a murder’s row of talent. #GrinderRests.”
For the 2016-17 season, Fox has already ordered such new comedies as the time-traveling Making History, the live-action/animation hybrid Son of Zorn, and The Mick, about a hustler-turned-unlikely parental custodian. The network also ordered a sci-fi dramedy series created by and starring MacFarlane. Among the renewals are The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, New Girl, The Last Man on Earth, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.