I am sure many of the cast and crew saw the writing on the wall, but FOX announced Wednesday that its long running medical drama House would not be returning for a 9th season. High production costs and low ratings are part of the reason the show will not be returning. In its heyday, House was averaging 20 million viewers an episode. Fast forward to 2012, and the show is averaging around 9 million viewers.

Both FOX and the producers of the show made the announcement official on Wednesday ending any speculation for the show’s return. There were rumblings that since NBC Universal produced the show that the series would move to NBC, but after 8 seasons and 177 episodes in the can, the show would not be moving to NBC.

Hugh Laurie who played Dr. Gregory House was nominated for six Emmys and the show itself was nominated for 4 Emmys.

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