After 25 seasons on air, Lifetime has opted to cancel the John Walsh hosted series America’ Most Wanted. The network has decided not to pick up any addition episodes of the series, but since the last season aired more than five months ago, news of the cancellation is more a formality than anything. With a disappointing 800,000 viewers tuning in for the last new episode of America’s Most Wanted, it Is pretty obvious that the series is not America’s most wanted show (sorry, I had to).
This is not the first time that AMW has been cancelled. After a brief cancellation in 1996, Fox picked the series back up before giving it the boot again in 2011 after it suffered through some soft ratings. AMW was then picked up by Lifetime in September of 2011 and given a 20-episode order. Now Lifetime has decided to part ways with the crime-fighting program.
This may not be the “be all to end all” for the long-running series however, as John Walsh is apparently using his production company to explore other options to keep the program going. Walsh will maintain a working relationship with Lifetime, as he has a new pilot project with the network which is tentatively being called John Walsh Investigates. The new project is a different look at Walsh’s ongoing crime fighting and victim’s advocacy work.