TNT Cancels ‘Perception’ After Three Seasons

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TNT has cancelled the Eric McCormack fronted drama series Perception after three seasons, TVWise has learned.

The show, from ABC Studios, stars McCormack as Dr Daniel Pierce, an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Rachel Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith, Kelly Rowan and LeVar Burton also star. The show will finish airing its third (and now final) season on TNT in February.

Perception was at one time a big hit for the network. The first season, which launched in the summer of 2012, drew a strong audience of more than 7 million viewers in L7, and as such the show quickly earned a renewal. The second season saw a slight ratings slump to an L7 average of 5.6 million. This season the ratings continued to sink, leading to the decision not to order a fourth season.

This marks the second cancellation made under recently appointed TNT President Kevin Reilly and comes mere days after the network dropped the ax on dramedy Franklin & Bash. Still awaiting a decision at TNT is Rizzoli & Isles and the Sean Bean fronted Legends, with no substantial movement of either – though Rizzoli & Isles is expected to return.

The recent spate of cancellations, which also includes Dallas, comes as the network is branching out from their more procedural roots for “edgier” fare. To that end, TNT has numerous projects in development including fantasy pilot Lumen, from Steven Spielverg’s Amblin TV; and earlier this month they handed a series order to the Sharon Stone fronted Agent X, about a secret agent deployed against threats to national security at the orders of the Vice President.