‘Pitch’ Officially Canceled After One Season at Fox

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It’s official: “Pitch” has struck out.

Fox has canceled the baseball drama, after one 10-episode season. Executive producer Kevin Falls tweeted the news on Monday evening, also posting, “Thank you to our faithful fans for trying so hard to save us.”

Though “Pitch” was one of the most hotly anticipated new series of the 2016-2017, the cancellation is not a surprise. Despite the early buzz, the baseball drama never connected with viewers, averaging a 0.8 live-plus-same day Nielsen rating in the 18-49 demo and 3 million total viewers per episode. Following its first 10 episodes, Fox did not go forth with a back-order, signaling the imminent cancellation.

Premiering in September 2016, “Pitch” last aired in early December of last year. However, Fox executives remained optimistic about the show, telling reporters in January that no decision had been made yet. “We were very proud of ‘Pitch,’ Fox boss Gary Newman said at the Television Critics Association press tour. “We would have loved to have a bigger audience.”

“Pitch” was a fictional series about the first female baseball player in the MLB, played by breakout star Kylie Bunbury, who made “Variety’s TV 10 Stars to Watch” list last year. She starred alongside Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter, Mark Consuelos, Dan Lauria, Michael Beach, Bob Balaban, Mo McRae, Meagan Holder and Tim Jo.

The series was the first broadcast show to work with MLB. Ahead of its premiere, the drama garnered good reviews across the board, including Variety‘s review, which stated, “‘Pitch’ has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts.”

Created by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer, “Pitch” was exec produced by Falls, Tony Bill, Helen Bartlett, Jess Rosenthal and Paris Barclay who directed the pilot. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.

“Pitch” is one of the first bubble shows to be canceled, signaling the start of the wave of decisions coming in the next couple of weeks, as the broadcast networks head into Upfronts.

Daniel Holloway contributed to this report.

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  1. Jim John says:

    Sorry demographics completely wrong maybe had a chance for you to make the young girl try to get into the NBA trying to sell a African female to a sport who caters to middle-aged and older white men for the most part you won’t be missed

  2. What?! this was such a good show!!

  3. what the hell another show that was good geeting canned after 1 season (NBC AND Fox your stupid for getting rid off these shows ( Timeless and Pitch) although pitch ending makes sense timeless blowin doesn’t

  4. Lexi says:

    Fox execs are a bunch of idiots. Loved Pitch, and was anticipating watching the second season. I sincerely hope that another station picks it up and runs Fox over with it.

  5. Baseball shows NEVER EVER WORK! Bay City Blues and Hardball are two other examples.

  6. KERRY GRAFF says:

    This was a good show!! These idiots that make these calls do not know anything!! Every good show out there gets the boot from Fox. I really hope another station picks this up. Maybe it is Fox that is the issue??? Put it on a better station and the ratings will probably go up.

  7. Lita says:

    What!!!!! Bad decision. Great storyline,could have gone in so many directions.

  8. Latoya Smith says:

    Boooo that sucks I was really looking forward to watching season 2

  9. Sandi Reed says:

    What a shame. Finally a decent series to watch and it gets cancelled. What, not enough sex or profanity?

  10. Toni says:

    Let your voice be heard!!! There is a petition going around for another network to pick up Pitch.

  11. Julie says:

    Not happy about this. Pitch is the only show I watch on Fox. Hopefully another network picks up this series.

  12. Sad news indeed. Women athletes deserve recognition too.

  13. Shannon Sinclair says:

    I am immensely disappointed. This show was so well done and captivating and I don’t even like baseball. This is not OK. I hope someone sees the value in the show and starts to air it on a different network.

  14. worthymagic says:

    The ratings for the show STUNK. FOX made the right decision. FOX doesn’t have enough EMPIRES for every show. Sometimes, you have to earn your keep, and this didn’t. Good call FOX!

  15. KaramKaram says:

    Kylie Bunbury has talent, beauty and charisma. The show was well written (if a bit of a soap opera). I think one reason it never connected with viewers is that Ms. Bunbury was simply too beautiful. I enjoyed watching her, but a female MLB pitcher would likely be far less traditionally feminine. I hope she gets another gig in short order.

  16. Lorie says:

    So sad to hear this guess tv is left with zombies and killing not sure what this world is coming to!

  17. barryellsworth2016 says:

    3 million viewers and cancelled. Fox News cable, between 1.4 and 2.4 million, still going. The wrong show got cancelled in a move that put ignorance ahead of entertainment.

  18. Kind of amazing…a top-quality fast-pitch show with some of the most sophisticated sexual relationships on television, in addition to outstanding writing/acting/directing. FOX couldn’t see its way to giving it another chance? Especially with Dan Fogelman’s track record (see “This Is Us”)?
    We all know far inferior shows that were allowed to find their footing in a subsequent season. This poor decision is right up there with NBC’s Prime Suspect cancel, among many others.

  19. Timely Comment says:

    That was a good show… hampered by the tv-traditional will they/won’t they plot maneuvering of the decent leads and the support.

    Chuckled at the conceit that the PADS were actually in contention last year, and checklisted the familiar buildings and streets of PETCO, downtown, and the Gaslamp. (Well, in a not Comic-Con context.)

    Sports smart and informative while serving the tv drama tropes… and FOX renews something like ANGIE TRIBECA instead?

    /SDgan

  20. Joyce Tyler says:

    One of the few network shows I watched religiously. Fox has made a big mistake not giving it a chance.

  21. Cb says:

    I am not sure where fox is getting its numbers, but i absolutely loved this show. I know there were other pitch fans out there as well. I guess fox doesn’t take into consideration pirating or non-cable numbers when determining a show’s fate.

  22. cadavra says:

    No room for quality drama on Fox. It belonged on FX.

  23. Burro b says:

    Stupid concept. Stupid show. Enough of this pc agenda. What’s next ? A female linebacker in the NFL ?

    • KERRY GRAFF says:

      This was a good show. Just because you don’t believe a female should play MLB, doesn’t make the show bad!! There are no zombies running around but TWD is a hit!!

    • Jovet says:

      I agree with Burro. I enjoy entertainment that makes sense and avoids political and social showmanship. This show never made sense in an entertainment sense and rang far too clear on a social justice sense. Barf.

      • Lexi says:

        A little history:

        Jackie Mitchell struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig during an exhibition game on April 1st, 1931.

        She pitched a ball, two swing-and-misses by the Babe, then a called third strike on her fourth pitch.

        Lou came up, and struck out swinging at each pitch. It may have been an exhibition game, but no one was pulling their swings or their pitches.

        Commissioner Landis then voided her contract days later, and declared that baseball was too strenuous for women.

        It’s not pc fiction, it’s reality. Go ahead and look it up.

  24. cdhaskell says:

    I was wondering why Mark C. was getting another job on CW playing Hiriam Lodge on Riverdale when he was working on Fox Pitch.

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