FX's programming president Nick Grad has revealed that the network is currently planning for next year's sixth season of its acclaimed drama "Justified" to be the show's last.
Speaking at the "Justified" premiere party, Grad says "the plan right now" is to end the show next season. He tells Variety:
"We like having shows that rate really well, and there's an instinct that you want it to go on forever. But it doesn't.
Another metric that's important to us [beyond ratings] is, 'What shows are going to be talked about in the next 20 years?' If you're making a great, 80-hour movie, it has to have a beginning, middle and end.
Going out at the right time is going to make your show last forever — we want to make shows that stand the test of time."
The comments come just as overnight ratings have come in for the fifth season premiere on Tuesday night which pulled in 2.84 million viewers, a 21% drop from the 3.59 million who saw the fourth season opener and the lowest premiere for the series so far in terms of total viewers.
That said, "Justified" is a heavily DVR-ed program, its fourth season finale grew 70% when DVR Live+7 numbers were factored in.