NBC is pulling the plug on Allegiance.
The network has cancelled the low-rated espionage drama starring Gavin Stenhouse, Hope Davis and Scott Cohen after a mere five episodes, TVWise has learned.
NBC has pulled the series from its Thursday night schedule, effective immediately. Eight episode limited series The Slap will assume Allegiance’s now-vacated Thursday night 10pm time-slot as of March 12th, moving from its current home at 8pm.
Allegiance has had a tough time since it was unveiled at the NBC upfront last May. Almost immediately critics drew unfavourable comparisons to the Emmy award winning FX series The Americans. With that luke-warm critical reception, NBC gave Allegiance the best launching pad they could by slotting it behind new episodes of their number one drama The Blacklist.
That strategy, however, did not prove to be a successful one. Allegiance debuted on NBC on Thursday February 5th to an audience of 4.98 million viewers and a 1.1 A18-49 demo rating – shedding close to half of its lead-in from The Blacklist (10.1 million/2.4 A18-49), Since then, ratings have continued to slip with the most recent episode drawing in a mere 3.5 million viewers and a 0.8 demo rating.
Between that and similarly poor ratings for The Slap, the cancellation was inevitable. Today’s scheduling changes are designed to protect The Blacklist (already renewed for a third season), which has been slipping slightly in the ratings in recent weeks thanks to a weak lead-in from The Slap.