After airing two low rated episodes, NBC has cancelled freshman drama series Do No Harm. The series has been pulled from the schedule effective immediately and the Thursday night 10pm time-slot will now be filled by repeat episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Penned by David Schulner, Do No Harm has been described as a Jekyll & Hyde inspired series which follows Dr. Jason Cole, a highly respected neurosurgeon who has it all: a lucrative career, confident charm, the gift of compassion. But he also has a deep, dark secret. One morning when he wakes up disoriented in a wrecked hotel room amidst several near-naked women he’s never seen before, he knows one thing: it’s happening again. Every night at the same hour, something inside Jason changes, leaving him almost unrecognizable – seductive, devious, borderline sociopathic. This new man is his dangerous alternate personality who goes by the name of ‘Ian Price.’ For years he’s battled Ian, keeping him in check with a powerful experimental sedative. But now his – their – body has developed a resistance to the serum, setting Ian free once again. And to make matters worse, after being suppressed for so long, Ian’s hell-bent on taking revenge on his oppressor. With everyone Jason cares about at risk – patients, friends, coworkers and even the woman he loves – he’s got to stop Ian once and for all. The drama series is produced by Universal Television and stars Steven Pasquale, Alana de la Garza, Ruta Gedmintas, Phylicia Rashād, Mousa Kraish, Michael Esper, John Carroll Lynch, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Samm Levine.
The cancellation of Do No Harm comes after the series premiered as the lowest rated scripted series in the history of the big four networks. The show debuted to a mere 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.9 A18-49 rating in live+same day. The show fared no better last night, slipping to 2.2 million total viewers and a 0.7 A18-49 rating in live+same day. Those numbers sealed the fate of the series, although it should be noted that Do No Harm was net helped by a soft lead in from freshman comedy 1600 Penn, which is also set to be cancelled.
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