Fox to return ’24’ to air?

Posted at 7:15 AM, May 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-11 07:15:00-04

Kiefer Sutherland in a scene from “Touch”

(LOS ANGELES TIMES) — Hey, remember that post-“24” Kiefer Sutherland drama onFox — “Touch”? Anyone? That’s why the drama is getting scrapped by the network.

The network is canceling the slow thriller drama after two seasons, according to sources. A network spokesman would not confirm the news; Fox will hold its upfront presentation, in which they unveil their 2013-2014 schedule, to advertisers on Monday in New York.

“Touch” was Sutherland’s follow-up to the network’s high-octane ratings star “24” — but it never reached such heights. The series, about a widower who struggles to connect with his mute son, launched in a curious way, with a post-“American Idol” special preview in January 2012. It nabbed 12 million viewers. But when it returned as a regular series in March, the viewers seemed to lose touch from there.

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The first season closed out averaging just over 7 million viewers. In a bid to reverse its fortune, changes were made to the second season, including the addition of Maria Bello. But the network also moved the show to Fridays and things would fall from there with its current second season averaging just 3.8 million total viewers and a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo. Its season finale — now series finale — airs Friday.

So, hey, why not just bring back “24”? Deadline reported Thursday afternoon that the network was considering starting up the clock once more, eyeing the drama’s return as a limited series. A network spokesperson called it “speculation.” And a spokesperson from 20th Century Fox Television, which produced the series during its eight-season run, said they could not confirm.