Red Band Society’s first season will consist of just 13 episodes.
Fox has confirmed that they will not be handing a back order to the ratings challenged series starring Octavia Spencer, with Red Band Society set to shut down production after the thirteenth episode has been completed. It will remain on air for one more week before being yanked from the schedule and it is presently unclear if or when the remaining three episodes will air.
Red Band Society was written by Margaret Nagle and follows the daily lives of a group of teenagers living in a hospital who become unlikely friends. The drama, described as darkly comedic, is produced by ABC Studios and Amblin Television and stars Octavia Spencer, Griffin Gluck, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Brian Bradley, Charlie Rowe, Nolan Sotillo, Zoe Levin, Ciara Bravo and Dave Annable.
Fox’s decision not to order any more episodes and yank Red Band Society from their schedule comes after what has been a very softly rated run of episodes. The series opened to an ok 4.1 million viewer and a 1.3 A18-49 rating, but continued to shed viewers in the following weeks, with the most recent episode averaging a mere 2.9 million viewers and a 0.9 demo rating.
Despite being pulled from the schedule, Fox said that the series has not been cancelled and remains in contention for a second season order – though such an order seems unlikely. Red Band Society is the second freshman series to shut down production after 13 episodes with no firm decision on its future, with the other being NBC’s Constantine.