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'Almost Human' cancelled: Fox drama not renewed for Season 2

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Fox has decided not to renew "Almost Human" for Season 2. Deadline confirmed Tuesday (April 29) that the network has cancelled the futuristic drama after just one season.

The series premiered to 9.1 million viewers and a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating in November following an NFL game, but quickly dropped in its regular Monday night time slot. However, the show's ratings eventually stabilized and remained consistent through its March finale, which drew a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.7 million total viewers.

Though that was a series low for the drama, the numbers are on par with Monday's finale of "The Following," which was renewed for Season 3 last month, but it should be noted that the second season of the Kevin Bacon-led serial killer drama drew more viewers than "Almost Human" when DVR figures are factored in.

The series from executive producer J.J. Abrams was set in the year 2048 and starred Karl Urban as a Los Angeles cop who is paired with a lifelike combat-model android played by Michael Ealy. It also starred Minka Kelly, Lili Taylor, Makenzie Crook and Michael Irby.

Outraged fans have already posted a petition on Change.org asking the cable network Syfy to pick up the show. The petition, which has over 2,000 supporters as of this writing, reads:

Due to the recent announcement that FOX is canceling the sci-fi series, 'Almost Human,' we, the viewers are asking to help save it. The series provides to its viewers an alternative, more, advanced world, which both scares and excites us. Karl Urban and Michael Ealy bring a charismatic atmosphere to the TV that we believe will gain as cult following as fellow cancelled series by FOX, 'Firefly.' The first season provided by FOX provides much promise for the series and intrigue, which leaves us wondering what is going to happen next. We connect with both characters: Michael's, as an outcast, deemed as 'different,' and Karl's as someone who is searching for the truth, who is confused. We are asking that you see the potential for this series and to allow the series to become something great with the Syfy network.

"Almost Human's" cancellation makes room for three drama pilots that are in contention to be picked up by Fox for next season, including "The Red Band Society," "Empire" and the Batman prequel "Gotham." The dramas "Hieroglyph" and "Backstrom" were picked up straight to series.

This also adds to the growing list of Abrams' recent TV offerings that have failed to attract high ratings, including the short-lived series "Undercovers" on NBC and Fox's "Alcatraz." NBC's "Revolution" and "Believe" have also struggled this season.

Seth MacFarlane's comedy "Dads" is now the only series on Fox that remains on the bubble.

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