Fox comedy not finishing 18-episode order

Production has ended on Twentieth Century Fox-produced “Ben and Kate,” unofficially ending any chance the show had of returning to Fox.

Of the 18-episode order, 15 episodes were shot and three were not completed. The net has aired 12 of the 18 episodes but it’s unclear when the remaining three will air after Fox pulled the show from its schedule on Wednesday.

Fox took off “Ben and Kate” from its 8:30 p.m. timeslot in its Tuesday comedy lineup to make room for an additional episode of “Raising Hope,” which the net hopes will now get more exposure and possibly return in the fall.

“Ben and Kate,” which was created by Dana Fox and starred Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon, averaged only a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.9 million overall viewers.

During the recent Television Critics Assn. tour, Fox president Kevin Reilly said that the network did a poor job marketing its Tuesday lineup, focusing too much on its new laffers and not cementing the night around returning comedy “New Girl.”

Reilly will have to make a decision on whether other Tuesday entry “The Mindy Project,” which earns middling ratings, will receive a second season.

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