The summer finale of "The Fosters" delivered some serious drama and left with multiple cliffhangers for avid viewers to worry about during the long break. Could the hit Freeform family drama face cancellation after the remaining 10 episodes of Season 4?
As of press time, Freeform has yet to announce if it will cancel or renew the popular LGBT-themed family drama for its fifth season. However, if ratings are indicators, it appears that the future of the television series is at stake.
The ratings of the first 10 episodes of "The Fosters" Season 4 saw a sizable dip from its previous seasons. Per TV Series Finale, the first half of the fourth season engaged an average of 0.891 million viewers, a lower number of audiences compared to Season 3's average of one million viewers.
Moreover, the midseason finale also dropped from 1.246 million viewers on the third installment to 0.989 million viewers on the fourth season's summer finale last August 29. The pilot episode of the third season engaged 1.261 million viewers, while the first episode of the fourth season attracted 0.907 million viewers only.
It is also noticeable that the unconventional family drama has been losing a significant amount of audience as the season progresses. The first season recorded an average of 1.68 million viewers while the second season registered 1.39 million.
Despite the apparent decline in ratings, some predicted Freeform to renew the television drama for its fifth season. According to Premiere Date, the fifth installment is almost a sure thing because of its massive appeal to adults and teenagers. The website added that the show also received generally favorable reviews for its innovative depiction of a lesbian couple raising a multi-ethnic mix of biological, adopted and foster children.
IMDb gave "The Fosters" an impressive 8 out of 10 ratings based on 16,000 user votes, 55 reviews from users and six reviews from critics. The fourth season of the show also received an 85-percent audience rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
Season 4B Spoilers
The second half of the fourth season will return to Freeform next year but there is no official date yet. The remaining 10 episodes are expected to start airing in January just like the schedule of its previous seasons.
The midseason finale left with Brandon (David Lambert), Callie (Maia Mitchell), Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Jesus (Noah Centineo) in great jeopardy. Executive producer Peter Paige hinted EW that the Adams-Foster siblings will be fine when the second half of the fourth season returns. He said they will surely figure out a way to recover from the incredibly difficult situations.