According to The Hollywood Reporter, FOX has cancelled Marvel drama The Gifted and freshman multi-cam Rel, the first cancellations the network has made this season.
Neither decision is a surprise considering each show’s performance. Following an eight month hiatus between its first and second seasons, The Gifted was down 42%, averaging a 0.59 in Live + Same Day demo and often being built on by lead-out Lethal Weapon. The fate of the series was seemingly further cemented by Disney concentrating its Marvel content on platforms they have a stake in, which resulted in the cancellations of Netflix’s Marvel-verse and new Marvel Television Universes popping up at Hulu and Disney+. However, per Deadline, there’s possibly a chance that The Gifted could find a home within the Disney family, though no real conversations have taken place as of yet.
For its part, Rel was the first new scripted show to premiere this season, receiving the direct football lead-in on September 9th. The show quickly dropped, however, and ended up retaining barely half of its Family Guy lead-in. Additionally, Rel was down from what The Last Man on Earth was averaging in the slot last season before it was controversially cancelled. Couple all of that with a dearth of critical buzz and FOX’s decision to air Family Guy repeats at 9:30 in lieu of giving it a back order and Rel‘s fate was sealed long ago.
Starring Get Out‘s Lil Rel Howery, Rel follows a Chicago man as he deals with the aftermath of his wife having an affair with his barber. In addition to Howery, the series featured Sinbad and Jordan L. Jones.
Among the FOX shows still waiting for their renewal decisions are The Orville, Empire, Star, Last Man Standing, and The Cool Kids.