Fox Cancels Morris Chestnut’s ‘Rosewood’ After 2 Seasons

Show struggled in ratings without “Empire” behind it

Last Updated: May 9, 2017 @ 10:07 AM

The bloom is off Fox’s “Rosewood” — the Morris Chestnut drama has been canceled after just two seasons.

The sophomore series struggled this season in Nielsen TV ratings on its new night, when it did not have “Empire” looming an hour later, which protected the Miami pathology drama.

Last year, when “Rosewood” aired at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, its rating would be artificially lifted by Nielsen panelists turning their television to Fox early to not miss a moment of the hit hip-hop soap opera at 9. Breaking the numbers down in 15 minute increments, the late lift becomes obvious — and telling.

As a matter of fact, the first “Rosewood” on a non-“Empire” night sunk 40 percent. Read more about the reverse lead-in effect here.

“Rosewood” had a weird season in terms of scheduling. Though initially moved to Thursday, the series was banished to Fridays midway.

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