Bastard Executioner Cancelled

Bastard Executioner Cancelled at FX

FX has cancelled Kurt Sutter’s ambitious period drama The Bastard Executioner after one very low-rated season.

Sutter took the unusual step of announcing the show’s cancellation in a series of ads in the Hollywood trades.

“The audience has spoken and, unfortunately, the word is ‘meh,’ Sutter wrote. “So with due respect, we bring our anthology to an epic and fiery close.”

Bastard, which aired its season series finale Tuesday night, was averaging barely more than 1 million viewers an episode.

Next up for Sutter: A Mayan-centric Sons of Anarchy spinoff. “[FX] is very hot on the Mayans project,” he tells Deadline, adding, “I won’t run that show. For me, this is about finding the right writer and the next thing I will be doing is sitting down and interviewing to find a Latino writer, someone who understands the world and the culture. I don’t want to just throw some white guy at it.”

Scroll down to read the complete ad, then hit the comments with an answer to this question: Why do you think Bastard failed to find an audience? 

Bastard Executioner Cancellation ad