To hear Fox 21 president Bert Salke tell it, producers knew after season two that Tyrant was on thin ice should its viewership not grow in season three.
“We knew after the second year and were really aware that for a show we felt so strongly about — and the fan base felt so strongly about — that the numbers weren’t commensurate with the base for the show,” Salke told THR on Wednesday of the pricey drama. “Nobody was more aware than the FX people and John wanted to get in front of it.”
Salke noted that Landgraf gave the series an opportunity to continue telling its story and, should it end, provide a satisfying conclusion to its small but loyal viewership — but if the numbers grew, the drama would likely live on. To that end, Landgraf would provide regular weekly ratings updates to Salke, Gordon and Keyser.
“Chris, Howard and the studio went in with very open eyes and hoping for the best,” Salke says. “We were getting behind it the same way we do every year and preparing for any number of outcomes. There were no surprises.”
Source and more: THR