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Fox Cancels 'America's Most Wanted' After 23 Years

May 17, 2011  | 


Fox will no longer air "America's Most Wanted," after a 23-year run of a show that provided the public a window into law enforcement investigations of violent crimes and helped solve several high-profile cases.

The network hadn't "made money on the show in quite a while," a network executive said.

Fox will air four more episodes of "Wanted" as two-hour specials. The program will cease airing after June 18. In its 23 years, the show's flurry of called-in tips helped local, national and international law enforcement officials nab more than 1,100 bad guys.

Notably, the show helped solve the murder of host John Walsh's 6-year-old son Adam by serial killer Ottis Toole. In January 2001, a tip led to the capture of the Texas Seven, seven convicts escaped from the Karnes City prison. The escaped inmates went on a crime spree and killed Irving Police Officer Aubrey Hawkins.

Source: New York Daily News

Comments (20)

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Adrian Stroud @ 5/17/2011 12:52 PM

John Walsh is a great man and friend of Law Enforcement. A friend of mine pulled him over in CT and he stepped out in pouring rain to shake the officer's hand. I can't believe Fox would cancel this most necessary show and yet show drivel at other time slots. Thank You John.

kyle @ 5/17/2011 1:50 PM

It seems if it doesn't have anything to do with singing or dancing FOX doesn't want anything to do with it. Fox is becoming a sad network.......

wmccarty @ 5/17/2011 2:47 PM

Yeah, lets keep those high quality shows like Idol and DWTS on since they really serve such a purpose and are stimulating and thought provoking!!! This is a HUGE mistake by Fox network execs. This show has made such an impact in the lives of crime victims and their families. Captured over 1000 POS since the show started 23 years ago. Any other show out there in TV land that can say they had such an impact on the safety of the public?

mtarte @ 5/17/2011 6:51 PM

Back in the day, the three networks premiere stuff were their newscasts. Edward R. Murrow and then Walter Cronkite on CBS, The Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC and Howard K. Smith and company on ABC. Hard news, no "soft" Katie Couric type fluff and a definite separation between entertainment and news. They didn't make any money for the networks, but they covered the news which became history; the JFK assassination, Vietnam, the space race, the civil rights movement and more. Today? If it don't make money, it's not worth doing. So long John and thanks for your commitment.

G. Duffey @ 5/17/2011 10:26 PM

The FOX Channel doesn't want AMW anymore, maybe it could be moved to the Fox News Channel.

L.Argueta @ 5/17/2011 11:00 PM

Why cancel a great show like that? It does so much good to make everyone across the whole U.S. aware of criminals, their activities and puts people on alert and on the look out to help out Officers nab these criminals. Come on FOX......Do what is right for America.

Morning Eagle @ 5/18/2011 2:14 AM

Well silly me, I failed to realize the purpose behind this outstanding program was to make money. I have been under the illusion that directly contributing to the capture of over one thousand scumbags was a worthy justification for continuing the show from a humanitarian standpoint if nothing else.

Thank you John W. for all your assistance to national law enforcement efforts. We will never know for sure how many additional crimes getting these sub-humans off the streets prevented. The fact that Fox bean counters fail to appreciate the value of the public service your show has provided does not reduce what you have done in the least.

Morning Eagle @ 5/18/2011 2:35 AM

One other thought: Obviously the brilliant minds that made this decision have never been the victims of a violent crime. Hopefully none of their family members will ever fall under the hand of someone that might have been apprehended as a result of being featured on AMW. As for the decision makers themselves - who cares?

Dan @ 5/18/2011 4:47 AM

Fox in making a big mistake. America's Most Wanted serves as a way to get information out onmany serious crimes and has added in over 1,100 major arrests. If the network need to cancel a show why not cancel COPS. Now there is a show that serves no purpose and usually is always reruns. People in America should let the FOX network know how they feel. Shows in the past have been saved by public outcey... LET hope this inportanrt show do not disappear. Come on America stand up and let your voice be known and hopefully this important show will be saved by FOX or another network will pick it up. This show helps the Law Enforcement community in finding serious felons on the run. John Walsh you have helped serve the Law Enforcement community for 23 years and I thank you for for this.

Phyllis @ 5/18/2011 7:13 AM

It will be greatly missed,I appauld John Walsh for such courage to even do this show after such a horrible and tragic incident he went through, thank you John for helping the criminal system catch many more that shouldn't be on the street and protecting us! God Bless

R Boud @ 5/18/2011 7:53 AM

Wow it is unfortunate that life comes down to dollars and cents. A program like America's Most Wanted has value and information and actually contributes something to society other than some of the other programs...but that's a matter of personal choice. I have been a Fox viewer for years, maybe CNN will pick up America's Most Wanted.

Frank @ 5/18/2011 9:36 AM

Your kidding, Right Fox? John Walsh is a person to admire. John has done great things for the Law Enforcement community and the general public who get preyed upon by the scum.

So what's replacing it ? Singing and dancing with Bozo the clown and Lady Duh Duh? We need a voice here!

321 @ 5/18/2011 2:53 PM

BOOOOOOO! Really FOX? You have a show serving the greater public good. It may not be sexy but it does work and has removed more then a thousand criminals from our streets. Isn't that reason enough to keep it on the air?

Ben Rose @ 5/18/2011 2:56 PM

We need Americas Most Wanted allot more than some sports program , or allot of loud screaming music.

Jack Betz @ 5/18/2011 2:58 PM

It was cancelled once before and was back in less than a mouth after the uproar, which did include a protest from the Director of the F.B.I.

DaveSam25G @ 5/18/2011 9:07 PM

This is a very big mistake indeed! John Walsh - a True warrior who took something SO terrible loss of a SON and made it into something to benefit and change for the better! A show like this should never fade under a sunset clause... Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass … it’is about learning to dance in the rain.” -Unk

"We are how we allow ourselves to be and we have the power to choose! In fact, it’s our ONLY power in this life, but with that one power, we can transform our world!"- DJV-DJM

Greg @ 5/19/2011 6:54 AM

It's a sad day for law enforcement! Thanks to John Walsh and America's Most Wanted 1151 criminals who may have never been captured have been taken off the streets. I applaud John and his team for all of their efforts making it safer for all of us. The show will be sadly missed. Another great call by the FOX executives, pretty soon there will be no reason to watch FOX.

Dorothy Kaliati @ 5/19/2011 8:18 AM

Wow ..I loved this show...!!

Brandon Smith @ 5/21/2011 9:43 AM

Oh yeah this makes a bunch of sense. They are like a bunch of politicians. If it is a concern of public safety they are not interested unless it is election time.

Nelua Holman @ 5/21/2014 12:01 AM

Canceling Americans Most Wanted is not only stupid but also sends out a negative message to the public and the bad guys. It tells the public that not only is the show over but it also tells the criminals that now they have a better way of staying under the laws and the public radar after they commit crimes. Therefore, it will take a lot longer to catch these creeps then ever before. Please don't cancel America's Most Wanted. The world needs a show like this. John Walsh is doing a great service for the world. He is not only giving the heads up to people aroundthe world, he is also helping us to keep our children safe. I believe that is worth all the money and ratings in the world.
God bless you John Walsh.

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