Kurt Sutter’s follow up to his widely successful series Sons of Anarchy hasn’t been as well received and is now effectively cancelled. The Bastard Executioner is getting the axe after only one season on FX.
Sutter took out a full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter and spoke to them about the show’s demise. “The audience has spoken and unfortunately the word is, ‘meh’. It’s fantastic to get a good review or an award, but at the end of the day the only thing that matters, really, is numbers”. He continued “I’m not the guy sitting in my ivory tower spitting shit out and not caring if anyone is watching … I don’t want to write something that nobody’s fucking watching. ”
Sutter was frank, insisting that he was happy with the show’s execution, but it really came down to ratings. Sons of Anarchy set records for FX while The Bastard Executioner had the opposite effect. The medieval drama lost over half of its viewership in its first 6 weeks, dropping from 4 million viewers for its premiere down to 1.9 million after its sixth episode.
Sutter stated “When you’re in that mode, it’s just purely numbers and look, it’s obviously an expensive show and a high-profile show. I think it was as heartbreaking for [John] Landgraf as it was for me … But at the end of the day, if you can’t sustain it, you can’t do it.”
With the cancellation imminent hopefully Sutter will start to ramp up production on Sons of Anarchy spinoff he announced back in August.