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Kevin Bacon Thanks ‘The Following’ Fans After Fox Cancels Series

Upfronts 2015: Actor also gives shout-outs to the crew and producers of axed drama

Kevin Bacon would like to make the following announcement: He’s really grateful to the fans of “The Following.”

The actor took to Twitter on Friday, after news that the Fox drama had been canceled after three seasons, to offer his profuse thanks to the show’s viewers.

“Big love to all of our loyal fans,” Bacon wrote. “It’s been an honor to work for you. Sweat,tears, and lots of Blood! Enjoy the final four #THEFOLLOWING”

The actor went on to thank the show’s “heroic crew,” adding, “I miss you already.”

Series creator Kevin Williamson also received a shout-out. “Thanks to @kevwilliamson for creating RH,” Bacon wrote, a reference to his “Following” character, former FBI agent Ryan Hardy. “Thanks to all the great writers and producers. And my champion @MSiega,” the actor continued, giving a special nod to series co-showrunner Marcos Siega.

“The Following,” which featured Bacon’s Hardy character tracking down serial killer Joe Carroll and, later, new bad guy Theo (played by Michael Ealy), was a breakout hit for Fox, scoring an impressive 3.2 rating in the key 18-49 demographic with its January 2013 premiere. However, the show began to lose steam after its first season. By the Season 3 premiere this March, the show was down to a 1.6. The most recent episode posted a meager 1.1 in the demo.

The series was also plagued by showrunner shakeup; in June 2014, Jennifer Johnson replaced Williamson as the day-to-day boss of the show. Johnson exited three months later, with Siega and writers Brett Mahoney and Alexi Hawley taking her place.

As Fox’s upfront presentation to advertisers approaches, the network also jettisoned the freshman Rainn Wilson series “Backstrom.”