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Fox confirms 'Coupled' canceled and not returning for second season

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/17/2016 

Fox has confirmed Coupled has been canceled and won't be returning for a second season.

The cancellation isn't a surprise given the new reality dating series, created by Mark Burnett, delivered extremely low ratings. Coupled ending its summer run on August 2 with only 1.1 million viewers.

"It's hard to say exactly what didn't work," Fox executive Dana Walden recently said at the Television Critics Association press tour, according to Deadline Hollywood.

"It's a fragile situation when they do work. Mark delivered a beautiful-looking show, that didn't resonate with our viewers."

Hosted by Terrence "J" Jenkins, Coupled followed 12 smart and young professional women looking for love as they met eligible single bachelors face-to-face in the Caribbean Islands.

The women had to instantly decide whether they felt enough of a spark to continue spending time with a particular guy, and if no connection was made, she could wait for the next man to arrive.

Drama unfolded as new couples formed and compatibility was tested over time.

Walden said Coupled felt "a little bit too close" to other reality shows that are "being done well right now" -- an apparent reference to ABC's popular Bachelor in Paradise series, which also films in Mexico.

"There wasn't any need to do another relationship show on an island," Walden reportedly admitted.

Another attempt Fox made at a new reality series for the Summer 2016 season, American Grit, which Fox deemed to be successful. The network previously announced it had renewed the show for a second season.

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