While Blindspot was the first series to swing a back nine order, Minority Report is the first series to have its order cut in lieu of a cancellation.
Fox has trimmed the order for the feature film sequel by some three episodes, cutting the size of the first season (and likely series as a whole) to some 10 episodes. The original plan had been for sister studio 20th Century Fox Television to produce 13 episodes of Minority Report.
In a lot of ways, David Madden and his execs working under Dana Walden and Gary Newman have been very merciful to Minority Report. Though it was one of the hottest project last development cycle and one of the first shows to emerge out of this trend of adapting features into TV series, Minority Report flopped in the ratings straight out of the gate.
Despite the so called “brand and name recognition” that fuelled the pick up, Minority Report opened to a mere 3.1 million viewers and a 1.1 demo rating. Ratings have continued to slide in recent weeks and the most recent episode managed just over 2 million viewers and a 0.7 rating. Fox is saying that, even with the poor ratings, all ten episodes of the series will air and it is still in contention for a renewal, but such an outcome is extremely unlikely.
While Hollywood has been high on these feature film reboots, there had been early signs that Minority Report would not fare well. First was the re-tooling the series underwent after the pilot, the second was the poor critical reception, while the third, and perhaps most alarming one, was the lack of international sales. That has been a major concern for Twentieth Century Fox Television Distibution, especially as reboots such as Rush Hour and Limitless have been selling out worldwide.
From Max Borenstein, Minority Report is set 10 years after the end of pre-crime in D.C. when one of the three pre-cogs struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions of the future. He meets a detective haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose for his gift. The drama series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Amblin Television & Paramount Television and stars Stark Sands, Meagan Good, Nick Zano, Laura Regan and Wilmer Valderrama