The decision ended up being swift and very final for the critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged comedy.
Although the show had an 18-episode order from the network, production closed abruptly on Friday (Jan. 25), partway through what would have been the 16th episode. The remaining two episodes of the order will not go into production, and there will be no further filming of the current one.
Earlier in the same week, FOX removed the show from its Tuesday-night time-slot, scheduling extra episodes of “Raising Hope” and “New Girl” in its place through the end of February. “Hell’s Kitchen” will take over the slot following that. There is no indication of when the un-aired episodes of “Ben and Kate” might appear.
“Ben and Kate” told the story of adult siblings (played by Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson) who were co-raising Kate’s young daughter while trying to come to turns with their own adulthoods. Although many critics applauded the comedy as one of the best of the season, the ratings never matched up. Over the shows less-than-one-season run, it averaged only 2.9 million viewers and a 1.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demo.