FOX has completed the purge of its live-action comedies from 2017-18, canceling “Ghosted” after one season.
The writing has been on the wall for some time. “Ghosted” was off the air for five months between January and June, with the remainder of its first season playing out amid repeats on Sunday nights.
The show also underwent a retooling midway through the season, hiring a new showrunner in former “Office” EP Paul Lieberstein to make “Ghosted” more of a workplace comedy and somewhat less focused on the paranormal hook of early episodes.
“Ghosted” joins fellow FOX comedies “The Last Man on Earth,” “The Mick” and “LA to Vegas” on the cancellation pile. The network also dumped “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was then picked up by NBC, and aired the final season of “New Girl” in 2017-18.
FOX is going into 2018-19 with three new (to its airwaves, anyway) comedies: “The Cool Kids,” “Rel” and a revival of former ABC show “Last Man Standing.” Animated stalwarts “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers” remain as well.
“Ghosted” stars Adam Scott and Craig Robinson as men hired by a secret government agency that tracks and contains paranormal phenomena. The cast also includes Ally Walker, Amber Stevens West (who has moved on to CBS’ “Happy Together” for next season) and Adeel Akhtar.
In the fall of 2017, “Ghosted” averaged a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.92 million viewers for initial airings (including several weeks boosted by FOX’s NFL doubleheaders). It had modest delayed-viewing numbers, improving to 1.6 and 4.04 million after seven days.
The four episodes that have aired so far in the summer have averaged 0.4 in adults 18-49 and 1.22 million viewers in the same-day ratings. Three episodes are yet to air.
“Ghosted” becomes the 73rd show canceled in 2017-18.