Freeform has officially canceled its fantasy drama, “Shadowhunters,” after 3 seasons on the network.
Based on the “Mortal Instruments” YA book series by Cassandra Clare, the series follows Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara), a woman who discovers on her 18th birthday that she is a Shadowhunters, a long line of human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. It was originally adapted to the small screen by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer, before they were eventually as showrunners replaced by Ed Decter after the show’s first season.
“Shadowhunters” was never much of a ratings draw for the network, which takes some of the surprise out of this cancellation. The series has just barely averaged a 0.2 live + same day rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, down one-tenth from its second season’s 0.3 average. Freeform commented on the series’ cancellation with the following:
“We are very proud of ‘Shadowhunters,’ a series that broke new ground in the genre world and became a fan favorite. However, along with our partners at Constantin, we reached the very difficult decision not to renew the show for a fourth season. But as big supporters and fans ourselves, Freeform insisted on and championed the filming of a special two-part finale that would give devoted fans a proper ending. The 12 episodes will air in spring 2019. We want to thank our talented creators, producers, cast and crew along with our colleagues at Constantin for their hard work and dedication and to Cassie Clare for her incredible book series. We look forward to the final chapter of this breakthrough drama.”
“Shadowhunters” will air the second half of its third season in early 2019. The series will conclude with a two-hour finale.