The Exorcist


the-exorcist-foxStatus: Returning, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2017
Timeslot: Fridays 9 PM EST
Premiere: Fall 2017
Network: FOX
Starring: Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Geena Davis, Brianne Howey
Series Website: www.fox.com/the-exorcist/

Description: Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” broke box office records and terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film, THE EXORCIST returns as a TV series. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), THE EXORCIST is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. FATHER TOMAS ORTEGA (Alfonso Herrera, “Sense8,” “The Chosen”) is the new face of the Catholic Church: progressive, ambitious and compassionate. He runs a small but loyal parish in the suburbs of Chicago. He has no idea that his quiet life is about to change forever. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, another priest finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with evil. FATHER MARCUS BRENNAN (Ben Daniels, “Flesh and Bone,” “House of Cards”) is a modern-day Templar Knight, an orphan raised since childhood by the Vatican to wage war against its enemies. Father Marcus is everything Father Tomas is not: relentless, abrasive and utterly consumed by his sacred mission. Caught in the middle is the RANCE family, members of Tomas’ parish. On the surface, they’re a normal, suburban family, but all is not as it seems in this household. The patriarch, HENRY RANCE (guest star Alan Ruck, “Spin City,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), is slowly but surely losing his mind. Eldest daughter KATHERINE (Brianne Howey, SCREAM QUEENS) has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, CASEY (Hannah Kasulka, “The Fosters”), thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. And mother ANGELA (Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis, “Commander in Chief,” “Thelma & Louise”) has been plagued by recurring nightmares, each more frightening than the last. Angela believes there is something in the house, a demonic presence, growing stronger by the day. Desperate, she begs Father Tomas for help, unwittingly setting the naïve young priest on a collision course with Father Marcus. Separately, each faces an insurmountable task, but together they become the only hope against an evil force that has been mobilizing for centuries. FOX.com

Season End Status: Every year of late we have at least one surprise renewal announcement and The Exorcist was one of those for the 2016-17 season. I had pretty much written this one off because its ratings were pretty low in Fall (even for a Friday show) and it never seemed to trend too well on the social nets nor did it seem to build up much of a fanbase. But the series was well-liked by critics and according to Variety the FOX executives liked the show as well. This one will likely play well to international audiences and its first season wrapped up its story with Year 2 bringing “a new chapter of the iconic franchise” according to FOX. So if this one goes for season-long story arcs, it will play well to binge seasons. The network may have also considered the renewal as a good way to plug up an hour on low-viewership Friday with a show that they could eventually sell to the streaming services.

Season to Date (StD) Ratings Results:

Air Date Airings Live+SD Rtg StD Avg Tot Vwrs (M) Live+7 Rtg Cancel Alert
9/23/16 1 1.0 1.0 2.9 1.8 Low
9/30/16 2 0.6 0.8 2.0 1.8 Moderate
10/7/16 3 0.7 0.8 2.0 n/a Moderate
10/14/16 4 0.7 0.8 2.0 1.9 Medium
10/21/16 5 0.7 0.7 1.9 1.8 Medium
10/28/16 n/a Preempted 0.7 n/a 1.8 Medium
11/4/16 6 0.6 0.7 1.8 n/a Medium
11/11/16 7 0.6 0.7 1.6 n/a Elevated
11/18/16 8 0.6 0.7 1.7 n/a Elevated
11/25/16 n/a Preempted 0.7 n/a n/a Elevated
12/2/16 n/a Preempted 0.7 n/a n/a Elevated
12/9/16 9 0.6 0.7 1.7 n/a Elevated
12/16/16 10 0.6 0.7 1.7 n/a Elevated

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