In a press release, the producers and star of Fox’s medical series House have announced that the current season (the show’s eighth) will be its last. “By April this year [we] will have completed 177 episodes, which is about 175 more than anyone expected back in 2004,” wrote executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and Hugh Laurie (Mr. Laurie also plays Dr. House).
After peaking at the #5 slot for total viewers in its third season, the show came in at #42 in its seventh. Its most recent episode had just over 7 million viewers, down from a season average of just under 20 million in that vaunted third season. House has been a valuable asset to Universal Television, having been sold into syndication across the world.