The TV bloodbath continues. On the heels of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mick and The Last Man on Earth getting the ax at Fox, Syfy has decided to cancel The Expanse after three seasons, Deadline reports. The Season 3 finale, which is expected to air in July, will now serve as the series finale.
According to the trade, the critically-acclaimed show's cancelation had more to do with its distribution deal with Syfy which only gave the network rights to traditional broadcast airing and relied heavily on live watching. However, much of the show's core audience consumed the series through digital and streaming, which didn't work well for the deal. It also didn't help that while the series' ratings were decent compared to the network's other shows — with the exception of The Magicians and Happyish which performed higher — viewership declined season over season.
But fans of the show shouldn't give up hope just yet. Alcon Entertainment CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, the duo behind the series, plan to shop The Expanse elsewhere.
"We are very disappointed the show will not be returning to Syfy," they said in a statement to Deadline. "We respect Syfy's decision to end this partnership but given the commercial and critical success of the show, we fully plan to pursue other opportunities for this terrific and original IP."
Set hundreds of years in the future in which humans have colonized the entire solar system, the story centers around tensions between Earth and Mars who are on the brink of war. It starred Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Chad L. Coleman.
The Expanse's final episode will air sometime in July.