After weeks of fan panic, it seems that Fox has officially granted the voyages of The Orville a third season. While many fans can breathe a sigh of relief, the danger may not be over. Compared to the previous year, The Orville picked up an early second season renewal during its freshman run. However, it was weeks after the season finale aired before we got any information about a third season.
Obviously, I’m not trying to be a downer here, but having been a fan of sci-fi that was cancelled way too early, you could say I’m pragmatic. According to official numbers, The Orville averaged a 0.75 demo rating and 3.2 million total viewers, down sharply from its freshman run (1.25 demo, 4.3 mil viewers). Among all Fox dramas, it ranks No. 6 in the demo (ahead of the cancelled Lethal Weapon, freshly axed Proven Innocent, and the ended Gotham and The Gifted) and No. 5 in total audience.
Now, being fifth isn’t bad, but when new shows are given pilots during the spring – studios looks for the next big hit. With The Orville’s numbers down that extensively from the previous season, it is safe to assume that Fox didn’t have any real new show that was capable of taking that slot.
At the same token, the second season was good but a bit underwhelming. Many of the isolated episodes dealt with much of the existing cast members, which is not a bad thing. However, some of the stories seems to fall a bit flat. The relationship between Claire and Issac. While I did like Gordon’s love interest in a girl from the past, his follow-up of a good friend-gone-bad was predictable and problematic.
Much of the humor from season one was lost in season two. While the major Union conflict at mid-season was great for the action and story, the season seemed to drift a bit with no real direction. However, if the show can get back to its roots (in the realm of humor) and continue with the developing storylines, we could get a season four. Unless something news comes along for Fox next pilot season.