For being such a rare show, it turns out Lucifer was canceled for a pretty standard reason.

In May, Fox sparked massive outcry after it canceled the series, which stars Tom Ellis as a wildly charming fallen angel.

So, why did Fox cancel Lucifer?

At the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Thursday, CEO of Fox Television Group Dana Walden explained the show simply did not garner the type of audience the network was looking for.

“We had a great time working with that cast and the executive producers of the show. It worked well for us,” stated Walden. “[But] as we were going into this season, we looked at the size of the audience, which was starting to get pretty narrow. We just made a determination that given… it was owned by an outside studio, at the time we couldn’t justify the economics. It was not an inexpensive show, and we just made a decision that ultimately it wasn’t performing to a broad enough audience in a way that worked for us.”

And, according to TV Guide, the online social campaign to save the show did little to sway Fox executives once they’d made the decision to cancel it.

“We thought a lot about [the decision to cancel the show],” added Walden. “It was a lot of conversations.”

As fate would have it, Netflix picked up the series for a fourth season a month after Fox had announced the cancelation.

During the same TCA press tour a few days ago, Netflix’s Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland, said the streaming giant decided to save the show because
“[Lucifer] has really resonated with audiences in parts of the world where we licensed it so we felt it was important to help that show continue for those fans.”

And we are oh-so-grateful they did!


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