The Fox comedy “Ben and Kate” has been canceled and pulled from the network’s Tuesday night lineup.
The sitcom, in its first season, starred Dakota Johnson as a single mom and Nat Faxon as her quirky older brother. It will be replaced by repeat episodes of "Raising Hope,” in its 8 p.m. Eastern time slot starting on Jan. 29, the Hollywood Reporter said.
The premise of the show was that Ben and Kate moved in together to co-parent her six-year-old daughter, Maddie. Despite positive reviews, the show did not garner enough viewers to keep it alive.
The show received an overall rating of 1.2 among viewers age 18-49, and a 2.1 rating in that demographic for its last aired episode, with only four million viewers tuning in on Jan. 22.
Although Fox has not officially announced the show's cancellation, its stars and several commentators have spoken about it via social media.
“My network and I just broke up. She is a great girl, and I'm glad she gave us a shot as long as she did. I'll miss you,” Echo Kellum tweeted on Jan. 23. The actor played Tommy on the show.
While @bluthss tweeted, “Lesson in life: Don't get too attached to TV shows, cancellation may break your heart to million (i.e. Apt. 23, Ben and Kate).”
The ABC comedy, “Don’t Trust the B In Apt. 23,” was similarly pulled from its Tuesday night lineup on Jan. 22, by its network without an official announcement, to the dismay of many fans.
One of the show’s stars, James Van Der Beek, tweeted on Tuesday, “Sad to say ABC has pulled #Apt23 and will not be airing the 8 remaining episodes any time soon. Translation: we’ve basically been cancelled.”
Deadline said “Ben and Kate” received an additional six episodes in October. Its 14th episode was scheduled to air on Jan. 29.
A Fox rep was unable to say when, and if, the remaining five episodes would air, the Huffington Post said. Meanwhile, Media Decoder reported that the show will return to finish its run later in the season.
E! News suggested that the remaining episodes likely won’t air until after the March 28 finale of “Raising Hope.”
Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.