EXCLUSIVE: AMC has opted not to renew Clyde Phillips’ drama Feed the Beast for a second season. The decision comes a month after the series, based on a Danish format, ended its 10-episode freshman run.
“We have great respect and admiration for the entire team associated with Feed the Beast, starting with Clyde Phillips, David Schwimmer, Jim Sturgess and our studio partner, Lionsgate,” AMC said in a statement to Deadline. “We are thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with them and appreciative of their talents, dedication and care. Unfortunately, the show simply didn’t achieve the results needed to move forward with a second season.”
Feed the Beast never found its footing, garnering poor reviews and ratings. It opened with 976,000 Live+Same Day viewers and a 0.31 adults 18-49 rating in June, losing more than half of its Preacher lead-in despite lesser competition in the hour. The ratings fell dramatically once the show moved to Tuesdays following the premiere, with the finale drawing 406,000 viewers and a 0.11 demo rating in L+SD.
The straight-to-series Feed the Beast is a rare AMC original drama not to go to a second season, joining Rubicon and Low Winter Sun; the latter also an adaptation of an European series.
Feed the Beast, from Lionsgate TV, where Phillips has been based, starred Schwimmer and Sturgess as best friends who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant. It followed the pair as they struggled to launch their eatery, pushing each other, welcoming love into their lives and overcoming their demons. They also betrayed, backstabbed, manipulated and coerced each other into the most dangerous situations imaginable.