Rosewood, starring Morris Chestnut and Jaina Lee Ortiz, was a success story when it launched in fall 2016 with little fanfare but drew solid ratings as a Wednesday night 8 PM anchor leading to Empire and landed an early Season 2 renewal.
But this past fall, Rosewood was moved to Thursdays where it struggled away from Empire’s halo. The series was eventually moved to the low-trafficked Friday night. In its second season, it averaged a very modest 3 million viewers and a 0.7 Live+same day 18-49 rating.
Rosewood, from Temple Hill and 20th Century Fox TV, was created by Todd Harthan. It starred Chestnut as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., a charismatic, pathologist recruited by Miami’s homicide department and partnered with tough Detective Annalise Villa (Ortiz). Lorraine Toussaint, Gabrielle Dennis, Anna Konkle, Domenick Lombardozzi, and Eddie Cibrian co-starred.
Here is Chestnut’s note to fans on Instagram:
I am very grateful about the part that everyone took in Rosewood's journey, because everyone was truly an integral part; the writers who crafted great story-lines, the actors who brought these stories to life, the production crew who sustained the show's infrastructure, and the terrific fans who embraced this phenomenon and became just as much a part of Rosewood as anyone else. FOX provided a platform for a show that made strides in diversity and the positive images it projected as all-inclusive. We were able to peer into the lives of characters who displayed their hopes, dreams, courage and fears. Rosewood also helped reinforce a newer definition of Family, as a group of people who most care for and support one another. The #Rosewood family, itself was an Extremely Special group of people who’ll be friends forever. This is not only a part of the industry, it's a part of life. When one door closes, two more can open… Thank you all for your continued #onelove and support. See you back on the screen, soon. Big and Small. #PEACE – MC