FOX has renewed its drama series “The Exorcist,” based on the classic horror movie.

Season 2 won’t necessarily look like Season 1. The network says the show will “open a new chapter of the iconic franchise,” and tellingly, the renewal announcement doesn’t list any cast members. That likely means an “American Horror Story”-style resetting of the setting and story will take place.

“The Exorcist” averaged a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.91 million viewers the night it aired in the fall — OK numbers for Friday nights but nothing special. (A 0.7 on Fridays is roughly equivalent to a 1.0 on other nights of the week.) It grew to a 1.2 and 3.51 million viewers with a week of DVR and on-demand viewing.

The first season of the show starred Geena Davis, Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera and Alan Ruck and told a complete story over its 10 episodes. In that respect, a retooling for Season 2 doesn’t come as much of a surprise — or no more than the fact there’s going to be a Season 2 at all.

“The Exorcist” joins recent FOX renewals “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Gotham” and “The Last Man on Earth” (along with these others). Still awaiting word from the network are “Scream Queens,” “New Girl,” “24: Legacy” and “Family Guy.”

The full list of shows renewed for next season and beyond (across all of TV) is here.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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