4:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Man Seeking Woman' Canceled After 3 Seasons at FXX
[This story contains spoilers from the season three finale of Man Seeking Woman.]
It's the end of the road for FXX's Man Seeking Woman.
FXX has opted to cancel the Simon Rich-created series starring Jay Baruchel after three seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The high-concept comedy, based on Rich's book of short stories The Last Girlfriend on Earth, wrapped its run March 8 with what now serves as a series finale. The show about the life-and-death stakes of dating concluded with Josh (Baruchel) and Lucy (Katie Findlay) getting married, providing viewers with a satisfying ending.
Jonathan Krisel, Andrew Singer, Ian Maxtone-Graham and Lorne Michaels executive produced the series, which hailed from Broadway Video and FX Productions. Eric Andre and Britt Lower co-starred on the show.
Man Seeking Woman was a critical favorite, though a ratings underperformer. The recently wrapped third season scored a series-best 89 on Metacritic and 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Ratings, however, told a different story, with a total of 367,000 total viewers — and a mere 268,000 viewers among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic — when factoring in seven days of delayed viewing. The series retained only 35 percent of lead-in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's viewership and not enough to warrant a fourth season.
Younger-skewing FXX, meanwhile, maintains a roster of comedies including the upcoming fourth season of critical darling You're the Worst and FX import Archer, the latter of which has already been renewed through season 10. Sunny, meanwhile, is already renewed through season 14 in 2019.
The cancellation of Man Seeking Woman comes as a bit of a surprise, given FX topper John Landgraf's "formula" for a renewal: critics, viewers and the network each get a vote — with a two-thirds vote the key to a renewal.