On February 22nd, The O.C. will end its run after four seasons on Fox.
From the Fox Press Release:
The sun will set for the last time on THE O.C. when the series ends its four-season run Thursday, Feb. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The countdown has begun, with all-original episodes airing from Thursday, Jan. 4 through the last episode on Feb. 22.
“THE O.C. Season Four finale will also be the series finale. This feels like the best time to bring the show to its close, said Josh Schwartz, creator and executive producer of THE O.C. Thanks to the hard work of our cast, crew and writers, we have enjoyed our best season yet, and what better time to go out than creatively on top. It has been an amazing experience and a great run. For a certain audience, at a certain time, THE O.C. has meant something. For that we are grateful.”
The blogsite What’s Alan Watching? had an update from the show’s creator addressing, and shooting down, rumors that the show would be shopped to another network:
Part of my quote from the press release that didn’t make the cut was “There has been some speculation about a Season 5 on another network but this feels like the best time to bring the story to an end”. They cut the other network stuff – but yeah, I felt better to go out now with the run we’re having then try and move the show, etc etc. and maybe not be able to deliver the same level of quality. Teen dramas have a shelf life. We’ve had a lot of parties on the show, and so I’ve learned, best not to stay too late.
The news, while dissapointing to the show’s fans, should not come as much of a surprise, given the decline in ratings the series has experienced in just one year.
Comparing the first eight episodes this year to the same string of episodes last year, The O.C. is down 2.61M (41%) among total viewers, 40% among total households and 41% among adults 18-49 (full numbers below):
- Households – 4.2/6 to 2.5/4
- Viewers – 6.40M to 3.79M
- A18-49 – 2.9 to 1.7
And preliminary fast national ratings for last nights episode (1/4/2007) still show a struggling series: 2.5/4 HH Rating, 3.94M Viewers, 1.7/ 4 A18-49 rating.
Note: All ratings numbers are Nielsen Finals, unless otherwise noted.