'Scream Queens' season 3 renewal news: Fox execs to make decision by May; series' fate still up in the air

(Facebook/ScreamQueensFOX)"Scream Queens" has yet to be renewed for a third season.

Fox executives recently gave an update on the status of "Scream Queens" season 3 at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. And while the show's second season may have suffered in ratings, the series' ultimate fate has yet to be decided.

"It's very much still in consideration for a renewal," Fox exec David Madden told the press. "Like 'Pitch' and 'The Exorcist,' we're not going to make any decisions until later this year," added Fox's Gary Newman.

The second season of "Scream Queens" didn't exactly wow critics either. In fact, it was slightly panned due to the way its story was laid out. The identity of the killer/s was given away too early, which eventually resulted in the absence of the classic "whodunit" outline. 

Additionally, the ratings were not very impressive, although Madden and Newman both agreed that ratings aren't everything.

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"The ratings don't tell the whole story; because it's such a young audience, you can't really even see the full picture even in L 3," Madden explained.

"The delayed viewing is there. It reaches a hard-to-reach younger audience, which we like, but we're just going to have to see what our needs are when we get closer to May," Newman revealed.

And while its ratings and reviews indicate a smaller chance of getting renewed, the show also has a couple of things going for it. "Scream Queens" creator Ryan Murphy has had a long-standing relationship with Fox, producing such anthologies as "American Horror Story" and "American Crime Story" for the network's FX channel. Murphy is also behind the musical television series "Glee."

Moreover, the season 2 finale left things rather open-ended. As with the first season's final episode, the fate of Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) was once again left hanging in the balance with the Red Devil killer's return.

Since nothing can be determined with certainty right now, fans will just have to wait until Fox decides on an official announcement.

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