Lil Rel Howery’s self-titled sitcom Rel won’t be returning for a second season.
Fox officially canceled the series Wednesday after just one season.
The multi-camera comedy debuted in September 2018, and centered on a self-made Chicago man whose life was disrupted when he learned his wife was having an affair with his barber. The series was inspired by Lil Rel’s real-life.
Sinbad, Jess “Hilarious” Moore and Jordan L. Jones co-starred on the show.
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Following news of the sitcom’s cancellation, Lil Rel took to Instagram Wednesday evening to thank viewers for watching.
“I want to thank all the loyal 2 million plus people that tuned in every week to my show,” he wrote. “I’m so proud of what we did and it was a dream come true.”
The comedian added, “I got a chance to not only create a show based off my material and some real life events I got to work and create magic with my friends.”
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I want to thank all the loyal 2 million plus people that tuned in every week to my show… I’m so proud of what we did and it was a dream come true… I got a chance to not only create a show based off my material and some real life events I got to work and create magic with my friends… God is so good and I’m truly blessed… Thanks again for the huge opportunity and it’s on to the next one… I learned a lot and it’s still a huge accomplishment for me to pull this off… I wanted to make a dramatic comedy with heart and I did that… I know I made you proud Mom!!!!!! #REL
Considering the show’s ratings, the cancellation wasn’t a complete surprise. It premiered with a solid 5.5 million viewers. But the numbers dropped over the season with the show averaging a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and about 2 million viewers, Variety reported Wednesday.
In addition to starring on the series, Howery wrote, executive produced and co-created the show with Kevin Barnett.
Other execs on the series included Josh Rabinowitz, who served as a writer and executive producer. Jerrod Carmichael also executive produced, and Mike Scully was showrunner.
Chicago native Lil Rel rose to prominence on NBC’s The Carmichael Show. He also had a breakout role as TSA officer Rod Williams in Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning thriller Get Out.
Rel wasn’t the only Fox series to meet its demise Wednesday. The network also canceled sci-fi Marvel drama The Gifted.