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'Backstrom' Canceled? Ratings Suggest Rainn Wilson Fox Series Might Not Get Season 2, Fans React

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(Photo : Fox) Rainn Wilson as Everett Backstrom on "Backstrom"

"Backstrom" might not live to see a second season, if Zap2It site TV by the Numbers is right. The ratings site has suggested that, based on the Rainn Wilson series' ratings, it'll be canceled by May.

"The upward trend in 'Backstrom's' episode four ratings was reversed, and then some, in episode five as the ratings went fractional," writes TVBTN. "The Cancellation Bear will dine on it, the show is certain to be canceled."

As of the fifth episode, the show's ratings (in millions) are as follows:

Ep. 1, 'Dragon Slayer': 7.98
Ep. 2, 'Bella': 5.32
Ep. 3, 'Takes One To Know One': 3.64
Ep. 4, 'I Am a Bird Now': 4.39
Ep. 5, 'Bogeyman': 3.54

As you can see, the series had a decent start but started losing steam immediately. Of course, we're not even halfway through the first season, so there's still plenty of time for a turnaround — unless Fox decides to pull it early.

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Since talk of cancelation started, fans of "Backstrom" expressed their hope the show will be renewed on Twitter.

".@FoxTV, don't you dare cancel #Backstrom!" wrote @shoshido, adding, "You still owe me for #Enlisted and #KeenEddie and #Firefly! #Theyalwayskillthethingsilove"

"I hope they don’t cancel #Backstrom it is great and just now finding it’s path," tweeted @TheBowTieSC, while @obrienhoechlin posted, "But if FOX does cancel Backstrom I am so boycotting the entire network."

Some fans took to the series' Facebook page as well.

"This is one of the best TV shows to watch right now," wrote Deb Joyner Dennemann. "GREAT acting and interesting storylines. I will never understand how so much 'fluff' gets renewed and a great show like 'Backstrom' is in danger of being cancelled."

Stephanie Vichinsky, meanwhile, wrote, "PLEASE, don't cancel this show!"

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Feb 26, 2015 07:15 PM EST

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