Freeform has cancelled their Party of Five reboot series after one season. The 90-minute season one finale aired on March 4th, which will now also serve as the series finale. Original series' creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman were behind the reboot which was an immigration-themed update that revolved around the five Acosta children. In the series, the children have to learn to live like a family unit after their parents are deported to Mexico. Freeform quietly decided not renew the show for a second season late this week.

The Party of Five reboot was a modest ratings earner for Freeform. The reboot averaged 252K total viewers in Live + Same Day numbers, though it started with a promising premiere of nearly half a million viewers. However, it was not able to hold attention of new and old fans and gradually started shedding its audience, which saw 143K tune in for the extended season one finale. This is more than likely the major reason why Freeform decided not to greenlight a Party of Five reboot for season 2.

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While Freeform's Party of Five do-over wasn't a hit with viewers, it generally received praise from critics. As of this writing, the series holds a 96% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The reboot approval rating is based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 7.46/10. The cast was called strong and the storytelling was also praised for being empathetic. "Party of Five's timely reinvention adds a new layer of urgency while still honoring the original series," said one critic. Whatever the case may be, the good reviews weren't enough to get people to tune in every week to check out all ten episodes.

Freeform's Party of Five reboot starred Brandon Larracuente as Emilio Acosta, Emily Tosta as Lucia Acosta, Niko Guardado as Beto Acosta, and Elle Paris Legaspi as Valentina Acosta. Bruno Bichir and Fernanda Urrejola starred as the Acosta parents, Javier and Gloria. Amy Lippman and Chris Keyser were executive producers, along with the writers on the series. Additionally, Rodrigo Garcia served as an executive producer and directed the pilot. Michal Zebede was the co-executive producer and also a writer. Maybe fans who enjoyed the series will get on social media to put pressure on the studio for another season.

The Party of Five reboot could see a season two at another network if a good amount of fans campaign for it online. We've seen it happen many times over the past few years, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the future. However, that is pure speculation at this point in time in response to Party of Five. For now, the show is cancelled and there are no plans to revive it, at least publicly. Deadline was the first to announce the cancellation of Freeform's Party of Five reboot series.

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