“The Michael J. Fox Show” Axed by NBC

The end is near for what had been billed as Michael J. Fox’s career comeback.

The actor was beloved playing Reagan-era Republican Alex P. Keaton on TV’s Family Ties and went on to find success in small screen hits like Spin City and The Good Wife. The reception to his return to NBC, however, in the eponymously-titled Michael J. Fox Show, has been lukewarm at best

So it came as little surprise when suits at the Peacock abruptly yanked the show from its struggling Thursday night lineup this week. Hollywood Game Night will take its place beginning Feb. 27.

The reason? Well, in addition to the less-than-enthusiastic critical reception, the numbers simply haven’t been there. In fact, the program’s most recent airing pulled in a mere 2.2 million viewers. Viewership among the coveted 18-49 demographic was equally anemic.

NBC committed to a full-season order of The Michael J. Fox Show, only 15 of its 22 episodes made it to air. The decision comes in the wake of NBC’s other high-profile first-season cancellation, the Sean Hayes starrer Sean Saves the World.

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