Brooklyn Nine-Nine is not returning for another season following news that Fox has canceled the comedy series after Season 5 because of its lack of viewership.
It is the end of the road for the cop comedy series, which was the only remaining show from an outside studio, Universal TV, on Fox. The network confirmed the cancellation on Thursday, despite its return to its original timeslot on Sundays from Tuesdays, which initially paved way for the Season 4 renewal.
The numbers did not help push a decision for another season. Brooklyn Nine-Nine dropped its viewership in Season 5 compared to Season 4. According to the Nielsens, the latest season earned an average of 2.7 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Season 4, on the other hand, received 2.9 million views and a 1.3 rating among the ages 18 to 49 years old.
Regardless, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was the highest-rated live-action comedy on Fox. It surpassed other comedy series The Last Man On Earth and The Mick, which all received a 1.2 rating for adults 18-49.
The cast had high hopes for a renewal given that the recent episodes tackled some more serious topics including racial profiling, sexuality, or corruption in the law. Brooklyn Nine-Nine also reached its 100th milestone in Season 5 so the cast were optimistic to surpass that.
Andy Samberg, one of the show's lead stars, sounded hopeful when asked whether the series would get a Season 6. He crossed his fingers and hoped that the positive responses toward the 99th episode would somehow convince Fox to renew the show.
"I feel like we've had a really nice upswell culturally. There was a lot of attention around the 99th episode and we got a lot of love during the Olympics, which was really cool. And there was a lot of really beautiful attention paid to the development with Rosa [Stephanie Beatriz] coming out as bi. I certainly feel we're in a good place...," Samberg said.
"There's more story to tell, there's more fun stuff to do with this incredible ensemble of characters. It was a great sign that they brought us back on Sundays, and they brought us back earlier," fellow cast Melissa Fumero chimed in.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for its final run and Season 5 finale with Jake and Amy's wedding on May 20. Fox also canceled The Mick and The Last Man On Earth.