After 25 seasons on the air, “America’s Most Wanted” is coming to end, now that Lifetime has formally canceled the series.
The John Walsh-hosted show premiered on FOX in 1988 and ran for 24 seasons before being canceled in June 2011. Lifetime then stepped in to produce 44 more episodes. But the show hasn’t aired on Lifetime since October 12, 2012 when it drew just 807,000 viewers. That led to Lifetime officially canceling the series, as first reported by TV Guide.
All told, “Most Wanted” aided in the capture of 1,202 fugitives worldwide. Special installments are expected to continue airing on FOX on a quarterly basis, and it’s possible that Walsh and Twentieth Television may yet find another home for the weekly show.
Additionally, Lifetime isn’t getting out of the John Walsh business entirely. TV Guide also reports the cable network is developing a pilot with the working title “John Walsh Investigates” focused on Walsh’s continued crime fighting and victims’ advocacy work.