'Lethal Weapon' canceled by Fox after three seasons
'Lethal Weapon' has been canceled by Fox after three seasons, according to reports. The show originally starred Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans as a buddy cop duo. However, the duo was always at loggerheads and far from friendly off the camera. This led to Crawford's sacking.
And then season three continued with Seann William Scott filling in Crawford's shoes. However, soon after, Wayans announced that he was quitting the show himself. This naturally led to a steep decline in ratings and so, it doesn't come as a surprise to us that Fox decided to pull the plug on the show.
Season 3 of 'Lethal Weapon' averaged 1.2 ratings in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 5.395 million viewers, according to the “most current” data from Nielsen, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available. That’s a slight drop off from season 2, which got a 1.3 rating in the demographic and a viewership of 5.457 million, but a steep decline from season 1, which scored a 2.2 and 8.631 million viewers.
The Damon Wayans and Seann William Scott-led cop drama's cancellation come after the broadcast network axed the freshman drama 'The Passage' and the sitcom 'The Cool Kids', at the same time ordering six new series.
The one-hour Fox drama was an adaptation of the Danny Glover and Mel Gibson starrer 'Lethal Weapon' film franchise. Wayans starred as Roger Murtaugh, Crawford played Martin Riggs and Scott played Wesley Cole (season 3). Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Jordana Brewster, Johnathan Fernandez, Dante Brown, Chandler Kinney and Michelle Mitchenor are also in the series.