Netflix has officially canceled its Emmy-nominated comedy series Space Force after two seasons. The program made news before its premiere when the streaming service ordered it straight to series, coupled with a large payment for actor Steve Carell. Space Force was remarkable for its appearance on Netflix because, due to the popularity of The Office on the streaming site, the service was keen to work with Carell. The Hollywood Reporter first the news of the show’s cancellation, saying that the streamer attempted to cut costs between seasons, but lukewarm critical reception and low viewership earned it the axe.
Looking back at Netflix’s official viewership figures from the series’ second season launch in February, it’s reasonable to conclude that Space Force’s second set of episodes was a flop. According to the streamer, the second season was seen for 12.3 million hours in its first week, ranking it as the #8 TV show on the site overall. The series failed to make the Top 10 in its second week of release, indicating that there is very little interest in it…at all.
Created by Carell with The Office’s Greg Daniels, the series quickly came together as a parody of the announcement by the Trump administration that a Space Force was being commissioned. The series was officially described by Netflix as follows: “A decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force, four-star general Mark R. Naird (Steve Carell) is thrown for a loop when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force.