TNT is calling time on Dallas.
The network has cancelled the drama, which was a continuation of the 1970s prime-time soap of the same name, after three seasons, TVWise has learned.
Dallas centers on the Ewing clan, an enormously wealthy Texas family whose sibling rivalries, romantic betrayals, corruption and even murder are truly legendary. The drama series is produced by Warner Horizon Television and stars Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo, Brenda Strong, Mitch Pileggi, Emma Bell and Kuno Becker.
Despite initially launching with strong ratings in 2012, Dallas has struggled to maintain its audience over its second and third seasons. Insiders believe a key factor in the ratings decline over the past year was the sudden death of original series star Larry Hagman, who reprised the role of JR Ewing on the TNT series. The season three finale drew an average audience of 1.78 million viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 demo rating, down significantly from the series launch of 6.86 million viewers and 1.5 A18-49 rating.
“We are extremely proud of the series, which defied expectations by standing as a worthy continuation of the Ewing saga”, a representative of TNT said in a statement. “We want to thank everyone involved with the show, from the extraordinary cast to the impeccable production team, led by the show’s creative forces, Cynthia Cidre and Mike Robin. We especially want to thank the people of Dallas for their warm and generous hospitality during the production of the series.”
Dallas has the distinction of becoming the first Summer series that TNT has cancelled this season. The network previously renewed Falling Skies, The Last Ship, Major Crimes and Murder In The First; while they have yet to make a decision on the fates of Rizzoli & Isles, Legends and Franklin & Bash. In addition, TNT has also picked up two new series for next summer (Proof and Public Morals) and they are preparing to launch The Librarians this December.