NBC Cancels ‘American Odyssey’ After One Season

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OdysseyNo real surprises here. NBC has opted to cancel struggling freshman drama series American Odyssey after one so-so rated season of 13 episodes.

The cancellation of American Odyssey had been expected, but fans were hopeful after the series was kept alive when the network deferred the decision on its future until after the upfronts.

Despite high hopes (and a ridiculous title change) the series was a flop right out of the gate, premiering to a mere 5.4 million viewers and a 1.1 in the demo. The ratings have continued to slip in subsequent weeks, with the season (and now series) finale drawing a mere 2.2 million viewers and a 0.4 demo rating.

A decision on American Odyssey had to be made in the past day as the options on the cast were expiring, and even though it had racked up a decent number of international sales, with the BBC buying the show in the UK, the ratings were such that NBC’s brass felt they couldn’t justify bringing the show back for another go-around, even in the traditionally lower-rated Summer months.

From Peter Horton, Adam Armus and Kay Foster, Odyssey told the story of families torn apart when a female Special Ops soldier in North Africa, a corporate lawyer, and a Wall Street activist each uncover the same conspiracy between a U.S. corporation, the government, and terrorism. The drama series is produced by Universal Television and stars Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, Jake Robinson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Daniella Pineda and Treat Williams.