When Fox announced that AMERICA’S MOST WANTED, a Saturday night staple since the network began, wouldn’t be returning for a full new season, questions arose as to why.

At today’s Television Critics Association press day for Fox, the network’s Entertainment President Kevin Reilly talked about the reasoning of scaling the show back to four specials this year instead of a full season.

“It was an unsung hero and did a tremendous job of delivering ratings every week, but it moved into a loss situation for us over the last couple of years,” explains Reilly. “We valued the show, carried it, but it came to a point where it wasn’t possible anymore and to not reduce the show down to a nub.”

Reilly adds that host and creator John Walsh did everything to reduce costs, but they couldn’t find a solution. Plus, Fox sees that they’re going to need that Saturday night real estate in order to grow in the future.

“It’s a place where we could play some encores, and we have a sports package that could go in there,” says Reilly. “We just felt like it was time. We didn’t want to get completely out of the business of it, because we are doing four, but there are discussions about other networks keeping it going.”

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