UPDATE, Saturday 8:42PM: NBC just cancelled Dracula after airing one season of the drama. The series, which was a co-production with Sky Living, had soft ratings and wasn’t looking likely for a pick up since yesterday’s Hannibal renewal. There is still no word on the fate of Parenthood, but a decision is expected later today.
UPDATE, 8:41PM: So much for Crisis. NBC just axed the Gillian Anderson starrer part way through its first season. Like Believe it didn’t really get a fair shake and the writing had been on the wall for some time, what with its low ratings (last week’s episode did 3.6 million viewers and a 1.0 A18-49) and the fact that NBC yanked the drama from the schedule for the May sweeps.
UPDATE, 8:36PM: Today is not turning out to be a good day for JJ Abrams and his WB based Bad Robot Productions. NBC just cancelled a second drama series from the prolific producers, the modestly rated Believe. The truth is the series has been dead for a while. The deck had been stacked to a certain degree when it, alongside Crisis, was selected to relaunch NBC’s Sunday night line-up – a night the network hadn’t bothered with since 2010. Given that, it was of little surprise that the drama, which started strong with its sampling behind The Voice on Monday March 10th with 10.6 million viewers and a 2.7 A18-49 rating, slumped in its regular slot on Sundays (the most recent episode managed in a mere 4.3 million viewers and a 1.0 A18-49 rating).
UPDATE, 8:16PM: NBC has also cancelled freshman comedy Growing Up Fisher. The series, from Universal Television, had a good cast and initially premiered to decent ratings (8.9 million viewers and a 2.0 A18-49 rating) but the ensuing ratings slump – the series most recent episode drew 5 million viewers/1.2 A18-49 rating – made it unattractive to NBC who are now the number one network in the demo. We’re still waiting to hear on the fates of Believe, Crisis, Dracula and Parenthood.
UPDATE, 7:47PM: So long Greendale. NBC just cancelled perennial bubble series Community after five seasons. This despite the fact that it pulls in almost identical numbers to the already renewed Parks & Recreation. Then again, NBCU owns Parks whereas SPT owns Community. The studio is well known for trying to keep their shows alive, so I’d expect Sony to shop Community to other broadcast partners – possibly Netflix, as series creator Dan Harmon hinted at earlier this year.
PREVIOUS, 7:40PM: NBC has cancelled their JJ Abrams produced drama Revolution after airing two seasons of the series, TVWise has learned.
Created by JJ Abrams and Eric Kripke, Revolution centers on the Matheson family’s struggle to survive 15 years after a mysterious worldwide blackout. Their post-apocalyptic world is juxtaposed with bucolic, overgrown cities and a journey of hope, rebirth and retribution. The drama series is produced by Bad Robot Productions & Warner Bros. Television and stars Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Zak Orth, Graham Rogers, JD Pardo, Giancarlo Esposito, David Lyons, Maria Howell, Daniella Alonso, Tim Guinee and Elizabeth Mitchell.
What a difference a year makes. Revolution was NBC’s highest rated new drama last season, when it aired behind The Voice. But that prime-slot when to The Blacklist this season, a decision which is understood to be part of the bumper deal SPT inked with the network last year that saw Community renewed for season five. Without that perch, the series struggled in its new Wednesday time-slot with ratings dropping as low as 3.8 million viewers and a 1.1 A18-49 rating. It just goes to show that scheduling does still matter.