Minority Report Might Get a Second Season After All
While Fox has not officially announced the cancellation of it’s freshman sci-fi drama Minority Report, fans and critics alike assumed the show would not be returning for a second season when it’s episode order was cut from thirteen to ten.
The show’s season finale aired on November 30 and appeared to wrap things up quite nicely, while still leaving the door open for a potential return. Fans of the show have since been waging an online campaign to secure the show a second season, which Fox might just be considering.
If you’ve continued to follow the show on social media as I have, then no doubt you’ve noticed the continued promotion of the show, as well as requests for fans to share their wish list of potential stories they’d like to see should the show get a second season.
Things have gone even further behind the scenes, with Fox execs contacting bloggers and other members of the press, myself included, inquiring about the potential viability of the show. In other words, Minority Report may live again if Fox believes the show has an audience not adequately measured by Nielsen ratings.
Fox recently ditched the Live + Same Day Ratings system, essentially calling it antiquated and not a true measure of the way people watch television in the modern era. “The connections between viewers and our shows today are more complex and, in many ways, deeper than ever – but they no longer only happen overnight. So why do we, as an industry, wake up every morning and talk about those Live + Same Day numbers,” said Fox chairmen and CEO’s Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “This has to stop. It’s time for us to ‘walk the walk’ and change the conversation. The Live + Same Day rating does not reflect the way people are watching our series.”
Fox will now adopt the Live 3, Live 7 and multiplatform data system, which includes services like Hulu which Fox partially owns.
So what does all this mean for Minority Report and the plethora of other Fox shows that don’t do so well in the overnights? I don’t really know, except to say that maybe this change will give good shows an opportunity to become great shows. Minority Report consistently got better as the season went on and definitely has an audience that wants to see what happens to Lara Vega and her gang of Precogs.
By the way, I’ve seen most of Fox’s mid-season line-up, including Lucifer, Second Chance and Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life. This network is low on hits and I don’t see that changing with what they have on tap. If you ask me, both Minority Report and Sleepy Hollow have a good chance of getting another season. Fox recently announced a second season for Wayward Pines. Miracles do happen?