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Fox cancels ‘Monarch’ after one season

Fox’s first-year series “Monarch,” which starred Anna Friel, Trace Adkins, Susan Sarandon, Joshua Sasse and Beth Ditto, will not return for a second season. The Season 1 finale aired on Dec. 6.  The show revolved around the “first family of country music,” led by Sarandon’s Dottie Roman (who shockingly died in the series premiere). Over the course of the season, Dottie’s husband Albie (Adkins) ‘attempted to keep the Monarch business afloat with the help of their two daughters and son, who all are hiding secrets of their own.’

Created by Melissa London Hilfers, Monarch was produced during the Covid-19 pandemic and originally was set to premiere in January 2022. Designed for a shorter run, it was then pushed to the fall. The family drama set in the world of country music opened after an NFL doubleheader, debuting to a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 with and 3.8 million total viewers, becoming Fox’s most-watched fall scripted premiere in three years, but was unable to keep that audience once it moved to its regular time period on Tuesday nights. The series averaged 4.1 million viewers across all platforms and a scant 0.3 rating in the key ad sales demographic of adults 18-49.

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