FOX Renews Gotham For Fifth, Final Season

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FOX has renewed the DC comics series for a fifth and final season, likely to air during the midseason according to Deadline.

Airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Cameron Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth.

Gotham was a strong ratings performer in its first season, but it has been falling since, averaging a 1.4 rating in the key 18 to 49 demo in its fifth season, compared to a 1.9 in its fourth.

Gotham is getting a heroic send-off. FOX also adds that the final season " will focus on Bruce Wayne's transformation into the caped crusader".

One of the pressing issues is that networks are looking for more in-house content, especially over at FOX in light of the Disney and 20th Century FOX merger. Though a full renewal seems out of the question at this point, it appears that Gotham could get a shortened final season instead, in order to wrap up any lingering plot threads.

This era of favoring in-house content could help streaming giants like Hulu and Netflix, but there's also a new player coming to town later this year when the Warner Bros and DC Entertainment streaming service, DC Universe, debuts. Last season it endured a move to Thursday nights where its ratings fell, but not enough that FOX felt it needed to pull the curtain on things. Well, fortunately, the series has managed to secure a fifth season pick-up. He revealed this hopeful news in the face of the apparently damning announcement that FOX's crime drama Lethal Weapon had been renewed.