“24: Legacy” Soft Ratings Makes Future Uncertain

“24: Legacy,” the first incarnation of the series not to focus on Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer character, has proven something of a disappointment for FOX.

Premiering after the Super Bowl in February, the series retained many stylistic touches of the original series but inserted actor Corey Hawkins as the lead character. Ratings after the Super Bowl were a dud, and they’ve only gone down.

Dana Walden, chairman and TV of the Fox Television Group, spoke with Deadline about the show’s renewal chances and tried to put as positive a spin on it as she can:

“I’m a little sad because I feel like it’s a really good show. We’re doing about 7-8 million viewers over seven days per episode. It’s not terrible. We had really high hopes for the show.

I feel very proud of the show and extremely grateful to the creators and the great actors who have done a really wonderful job. I’m wondering whether broadcast can sustain something so serialized…

I would love nothing more than to bring it back because I thought it was great but we’re just going to have to see how our pilots come in, how it continues to perform and weigh all of the information we have in May.”

Asked about other shows not yet renewed, she expects “Gotham” to get a fourth season and surprisingly the critically well-regarded “The Exorcist” seems to have a shot.