Did Netflix Pick Up Zoo Season 4?
TV shows come and go on a regular basis, with many of them never reaching the natural end of their stories. Due to fierce competition, many shows get canceled midway, often ending on a cliffhanger or in the midst of a buildup.
Needless to say, it can get very frustrating when one of your favorite shows ends without resolution. CBS’s “Zoo” is one such show. After the third season, which ended on a huge cliffhanger, CBS canceled the series on October 23, 2017. Read onto find out if “Zoo” is coming back for season four.
The Series Summary
The CBS thriller series “Zoo” centers on the expert zoologist Jackson Oz (played by James Wolk). The show kicks off with Oz working as a safari guide. During one of the tours, he notices that the animals are behaving strangely aggressive and decides to look into the issue. As time passes by, the attacks against humans become more brutal and better coordinated, but there’s more than meets the eye.
Along with Wolk, the cast also includes Nonso Anozie as Abraham Kenyatta, Kristen Connolly as Jamie Campbell, Billy Burke as Dr. Mitch Morgan, Alyssa Diaz as Dariela Marzan, Josh Salatin as Logan, and Nora Arnezeder as Chloe Tousignant. The series is based on the novel of the same name written by Michael Ledwidge and the legendary James Patterson (Mr. Patterson also served as one of the executive producers). Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, and Josh Appelbaum were in charge of the script, while the master of horror John Carpenter wrote the title theme.
The Initial Run
The show initially ran on CBS for three seasons. It premiered back in the summer of 2015 with a 13-episode opening season, which aired between June 30 and September 15. Airing Tuesdays at 10pm, the show replaced the network’s surprise sci-fi hit “Under the Dome”, which was canceled in 2014 after three years on the air.
Season two of “Zoo” ran from June 28 to September 6, 2016 and also consisted of 13 episodes. The final two episodes were shown back-to-back in a special two-hour slot. The third and currently final season, again with 13 episodes, was broadcast from June 29 to September 21, 2017 on CBS.
All three seasons are available in DVD format, while the first season is also available on Blu-ray. The first season was released on December 1, 2015, the second on December 6, 2016, and the third on December 12, 2017.
Netflix and Amazon Battle
Back in 2014, Amazon and Netflix fought for the rights to the series. After a fierce battle, Netflix won and became CBS’s exclusive video-on-demand partner for “Zoo”. The deal was that Netflix would get access to each season only after all 13 episodes were aired on CBS. Netflix also got the rights to stream the series in more than 50 countries around the world.
The first season of “Zoo” averaged 6.4 million viewers per episode and a 1.06 rating in the key 18-49 demo. The first episode had around 8.1 million viewers, with the season finale having only 4.8 million viewers.
Like most other series, “Zoo” saw a ratings slump in its second season, which opened with 5.1 million viewers and ended with 4.2 million viewers. The season average dropped from 6.40 to 4.40 million viewers and an average rating of 0.74.
The trend continued throughout the third season, which opened with just under 3 million viewers and closed with 2.8 million viewers. The season average was 2.65 million viewers with a 0.51 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo.
After a strong start, the first season experienced a sharp decline in viewership and never recovered. The season finale had a disappointing 4.8 million viewers compared to the first episode’s 8.1. Nothing improved during the second season, which averaged only 4.4 million viewers. The steady decline gave rise to speculations that the series was on the bubble.
The series was, however, renewed for a third season, but failed to recover. None of the thirteen episodes climbed above the 3 million viewers mark. The tenth episode was the low point of the season with only 2.03 million viewers. Even the cliffhanger finale had 2.8 million viewers. Finally, on October 23, 2017, CBS officially announced that the show was canceled.
Will There Be a Season 4?
Back in late 2017, there were rumors that Netflix might pick up “Zoo” for a fourth season. These were mostly fueled by the facts that Netflix had exclusive video-on-demand rights for the series and that the third season ended on a huge cliffhanger. The same rumors resurfaced in 2018 and an online petition was created by the fans.
Despite the rumors and speculations, Netflix remained silent on the subject. The future of the series remains uncertain, as there is still no official announcement of the fourth season of “Zoo”. For the time being, it is safe to assume that the series is over.
Some of the cast members have since moved on to new projects. Wolk is starring in CBS’s new psychological thriller “Tell Me a Story”, Diaz is set to play the female lead in ABC’s “The Rookie” opposite Nathan Fillion (“Castle”), while Burke has recently starred in the surprise box office success “Breaking In”.
Due to mass production, today’s TV shows face ferocious competition and their fate is mostly dictated by the numbers. The rules are simple: shows with high viewership and ratings get renewed, while the others get canned. Although it still had stories to tell, “Zoo” suffered from poor ratings for much of its run, which eventually resulted in its cancelation.