Fox has opted not to order more episodes of freshman Red Band Society beyond the original 13-episode order, which will wrap production in mid-December. The network has stopped short of cancelling the hospital teen drama starring Octavia Spencer, which will air two more episodes, tonight (Episode 9) and next Wednesday’s fall finale (Episode 10), December 3, before getting off the schedule. It is unclear when the three remaining episodes will air.
Red Band Society has become the latest softly rated new series this fall to be allowed to complete its 13-episode pickup with no back order. NBC did it with comedies Bad Judge and A To Z and drama Constantine, all of which also were left on the air to finish their 13-episode freshman runs in their original slots. In the cases of Bad Judge and A to Z, the network closed the door on a second season to make for a dignified cancellation, while leaving the renewal option very much open for Constantine. Red Band Society falls in between, though it appears closer to the NBC comedies, with its chance of coming back considered very slim. In addition to the low ratings, the drama has had some production issues. At Fox, Red Band Society joins freshman comedy Mulaney, which saw its order trimmed with little chance of Season 2. The only new Fox series this fall to get a back order was breakout drama Gotham, which has a full-season, 22-episode pickup.
Based on a Catalan series, Red Band Society entered the fall as one of the most popular pilots among writers. It got off to a slow start and was a very modest but stable Live+Same Day performer, most recently averaging a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 the last few weeks. It gained audience in time-shifted and digital viewing, getting a lift of more than +100% in 30-day multi-platform ratings and did OK in teens.
Red Band Society, from Amblin TV and ABC TV Studios, was ABC Studios’ first series for Fox.