Fox has cancelled the first-year sitcom Ben and Kate, with production completely shutting down in the middle of their latest episode today. The show will not finish out their initial 18-episode order, with the remaining three episodes left to air pushed to an undetermined date. The show's 16th, 17th, and 18th episodes will not be filmed.
The network will double up on Raising Hope episodes at 8 PM and 8:30 PM for several weeks, before moving the reality series Hell's Kitchen to Tuesdays at 8:30. Fox's remaining Tuesday night comedies, Raising Hope, New Girl, and The Mindy Project will remain in their current time slots.
Ben and Kate averaged just a 1.4 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic, and 2.9 viewers overall. The show did not have a significant uptick when DVR numbers were factored in, with a modest 21% bump in time-shifted viewing.
The series starred Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon as the title characters, a brother and sister duo who raise Kate's young daughter (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) together. Lucy Punch and Echo Kellum also starred in the comedy.