Fox has cancelled its long-running weekly crime series and announced that they will scale it back to four quarterly two-hour specials next season. Though America’s Most Wanted, which first aired in 1988, has certainly helped capture criminals (1,151 according to its website), tracking down revenue has proved more difficult in recent years.
Fox Entertainment Chief Kevin Reilly said the network has “not made money on the show in a quite a while. It wasn’t particularly viable.”
According to Reilly, America’s Most Wanted host and executive producer John Walsh has been exploring the possibility of finding a different outlet that may continue to air the show. Entertainment Weekly reports that “the main issue with the show wasn’t its popularity, but the cost of production.”