‘The Following’ Renewed for Season 3; ‘Almost Human’s Fate Still Uncertain

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The Following poster The Following Renewed for Season 3; Almost Humans Fate Still Uncertain

Premiering in January 2013, FOX’s serial killer thriller The Following was one of the biggest surprise hits of last year, averaging a quite healthy 2.6 in the key 18-49 demographic and pulling in an average total audience of just under 8 million viewers. Despite generally mixed critical reviews, FOX would have been insane to cancel any scripted show earning those kind of numbers, so it was no surprise when the network quickly renewed the series for a season 2.

FOX’s recent decision to renew The Following once again is a tad more surprising. Season 2 of the Kevin Bacon/James Purefoy-fronted drama has averaged only a 2.1 in the 18-49 demo, and almost two million less total viewers. The numbers actually get even worse when you exclude the season premiere, which aired on a Sunday and immediately followed the NFC Championship Game.

Take those football-inflated ratings out, and season 2′s average demo drops to a meager 1.7. That’s still better than most FOX dramas, but the show still has eight more episodes to drop even further. That said, it should be noted that The Following has an abnormally high DVR viewership, and that likely played a big factor in its renewal.

In addition to The Following getting a season 3, FOX has also announced the renewal of Tuesday night sitcoms New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Mindy Project for seasons 4, 2, and 3, respectively. With almost every other FOX show having previously been renewed, and Family Guy being a lock to return, there’s still one high profile series twisting in the wind: Almost Human.

Almost Human poster The Following Renewed for Season 3; Almost Humans Fate Still Uncertain

The sci-fi series starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy has averaged a 1.9 demo, and just over six million total viewers, numbers that are very, very close to what The Following has been putting up. Logically, if FOX sees The Following as worthy of a pick-up, they should feel the same about Almost Human. Of course, this is FOX, a network infamous for dropping the ax on one high concept sci/fi series after another.

At first glance, one might think a special effects-heavy show like Human would probably cost more to produce than a horror-tinged procedural like Following, but stars like Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy likely don’t come cheap. In the end, there is really no obvious reason why FOX would renew one show and not the other, outside of pure star power. That said, it’s definitely not a good sign that Almost Human ended its season on Monday, only for FOX to remain tight-lipped about its future.

Creatively, one wonders where The Following could possibly go in season 3. Most of Joe Carroll’s cult didn’t make it out of season 1, and even more have perished during season 2. Also, one would think Ryan Hardy is going to grow wary of falling for damaged blonde women eventually, and Agent Mike Weston will be lucky to escape from 2014 with his sanity intact.

Perhaps the show will take the True Detective approach and focus on new characters next year? It probably wouldn’t be a terrible idea, but FOX is unlikely to want to part ways with Bacon and Purefoy. Either way, The Following’s writing staff will get another season to try and figure it out.


The Following airs Mondays @9pm on FOX. Season 3 will premiere in early 2015. Almost Human just finished season 1 and has yet to be canceled or renewed.

Source: Variety

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  1. Everyone who wants to write in to support Almost Human should write FOX. Seems like their ASKFox email might be a good start: askfox@fox.comhttp://www.fox.com/askfox.php

  2. FOX is a good example that the world is turning upside down, renewing crappy series that are sadly not even worth to watch, and good series like Almost Human that even being an sci-fy it still keeps a good sense of logic, and them they put them on “standby” to see if it will be renewd, if they cancel it i’m losing all hope that i had for FOX.

    • Come on…the most creative show in many seasons! I hate “the following”! quit watching it after a few weeks. Then I found “almost Human” and it’s cancelled? What? Maybe Fox needs to rethink this and give it a real chance!!

      • This has actually become my new favorite show…they can’t cancel it! I actually watched The Following for the first few episodes…the first season. the show was so bad, I stopped. They talk about star power…Karl Urban is more in the public eye right now with the reboot of Star Trek in the theaters. Michael Early is a star on the rise…both oozing with chemistry. Letting this show go would be a huge mistake!

        • “Karl Urban is more in the public eye right now with the reboot of Star Trek in the theaters. ”

          where the hell do you live that star trek is still in theaters?

  3. I’m not an avid television show watcher…in fact it’s been many years since i’ve actually been hooked on a TV series where I am tracking what day a new episode comes out. Cancelling this show is a creative mistake of epic proportions! There is so much material/storyline left to be explored. #fingerscrossed

  4. Dear Fox Network,

    Please cancel Almost Human so that an intelligent television network can pick it up. You can keep you pig and a blanket.


  5. I watch lot TV and by far the following my favorite show. Love the twists and turns writers put in. Glad they added 3rd season hope there is more to come!

  6. Are you people kidding me? You must watch the crappy, mass consumer shows. The Following is a unique twist to a regular drama/law show. Rather watch that than many other shows. These networks are killing off the only good unique shows.

    • I completely agree. I watch a lot of television and The Following and Suits are easily my two favorite shows that are on right now. The cat and mouse game between Ryan and Joe is just so unique that you can’t find it on any other show these days.

  7. I am so happy to find out that there will be a 3rd season. It will be challenging to wait for it to come.

  8. Love the following . Wish there was less commercials and more show time . I also with there note episodes in a season . It gets irritating having to constantly wait . If it isn’t the producers ending the season at a dumb spot it’s the commercials interfering ..

  9. The Following is absolutely my favorite TV show. Im very excited for a 3rd season and I wonder how they’ll make it work. Although its unlikely, id love for this show to last 5+ seasons.

  10. I Love The Following, Love The Twists And turns. so Glad To See It’s Renewed For A 3Rd Season. I Have Never Seen Almost Human So Can’t Comment One Way Or AnotheR. Excited To See Where They Take Following.

  11. I stopped watching the following because it sucked big time. To much like other soap operas out there. Started watching Almost Human instead and fell in love with it Fox it stupid because the damn time slot got pre-emptied for the Olimpics and stupid awards shows. Which really ticked me off.

  12. I love The Following. Best Tv show in a long time .. So glad they dropped Almost Human – that was just as bad as the Hannibal series – neither made any sense.

  13. Glad season 3 was renewed. Need to feed my addiction lol!



  16. The Following is the sickest and most violent and lame TV show ever! Have stopped
    watching it as is is predictable and makes killing humans
    seem like it is an acceptable part if everyday life!!!!!! Pathetic and I reckon it encourages violence in the younger generation..,,

    • are you kidding children should not be watching this show anyway. I think it is a great show…My favorite. tv dosent kill guns do

  17. Almost Human is a great show with really funny interaction between the two lead men. It’s different, non-offensive and should definitely be renewed.

  18. The following is top 10 all time best series for me! Can’t believe people say almost human is better! This white people are really dumb! Africans are more logical! The following is unpredictable and impulsive. I love it. If fox cancels it, yahoo boys will look for them

  19. There’s no way you guys can cancel the following!! I love the show.

  20. I can’t wait for the following season 3! My family absolutely loves it, we haven’t missed an episode.

  21. I love the following and hate almost human.

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