Fox procedural drama 9-1-1 is moving to Disney network sibling ABC for its seventh season.
The upcoming season six finale of the 20th Television-produced series on 15 May will be the last episode to air on Fox – where it holds the crown as the network’s highest rated scripted series.
The show from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, which follows the lives and work of first responders in Los Angeles, will not be canned, however, instead continuing on ABC.
Fox’s move to drop such a popular series is a purely financial one. With a high-profile cast including Angela Bassett and costly special effects, estimates place per episode spend at as much as $10m. The network is instead looking to invest in scripted shows in which it holds a stake, such as new lifeguard drama HI-Surf.
“It has been an honor to be the founding network of 9-1-1 and we are grateful to Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, together with Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, Ryan Guzman and the rest of the cast and crew, and 20th Television for delivering such an impactful series to Fox. We wish them well after 9-1-1’s final Fox season concludes,” said Fox in a statement.
Despite the move of 9-1-1 to ABC, however, Fox is keeping hold of spin-off series 9-1-1: Lone Star, which it confirmed has been renewed for a fifth season.
The series, starring Rob Lowe, is the second highest rated scripted show on Fox, after 9-1-1.