The 45-year-old actor - who now stars in Fox drama Touch - admitted that he was "surprised" by the lack of offers he received.
"I didn't [have a lot of choice] actually," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "I was quite surprised by that."
Sutherland added that he "hadn't planned" on returning to television just two years after 24 wrapped.
"24 was an amazing experience," he insisted. "[But] I hadn't planned on doing another show as quickly as I did. 24 was the first time I had a real job. It was the first time in my life where every three months I wasn't panicked to death about how I was going to feed my kids."
Touch - from Heroes creator Tim Kring - was recently picked up for a second season by Fox. An online spinoff - titled Daybreak - has also been commissioned.
> Kiefer Sutherland Touch interview: 'Following 24 was daunting'
Kring recently revealed that Touch regular Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Clea) may not return for the second season.
"That character has come to an end," he said. "That's not to say that she can't fold back into the story, but that's not where we're heading."
Watch Kiefer Sutherland discuss the planned 24 movie with Digital Spy below: