The Hollywood TV universe just saw a huge bloodshed as television networks cancelled several shows abruptly. Networks are saying goodbye to a variety of shows including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Quantico, Designated Survivor, Lucifer and The Exorcist. The cancellation of these will be making space for the new shows in the fall. The 2018 TV show cancellations even made the #1 trending topic on Twitter.
Fox cancels Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Lucifer and more.
Fox has axed the beloved cop comedy series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine after five seasons. The series starred Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Dirk Blocker, and Joel McKinnon Miller.
But fret not Brooklyn99 fans! Because just a day after its cancellation NBC picked up the series for a 13-episode sixth season.
However not all the cancelled shows were picked up by other networks. Lucifer, a modern take on the satan, was officially cancelled after three seasons. Fans have started a series of #SaveLucifer tweets in hopes of getting Lucifer back on a new network or platform.
Other shows axed by Fox include The Mick, The Exorcist, and The Last Man on Earth. The Mick and The Exorcist was cancelled after a two-season run. The Exorcist however did not come as a surprise as it was Fox’s lowest-rated program this year, averaging 1.32 million total viewers and a 0.41 rating in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers.
Quantico, Designated Survivor and five freshman shows axed by ABC network.
Priyanka Chopra starrer FBI drama Quantico could not survive to see a fourth season. The ABC Studios and Mark Gordon production is averaging a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.3 million total viewers.
ABC also dropped the presidential drama Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland as America’s last-expected leader. The show shuffled through four showrunners in two seasons and was on the hunt for a fifth showrunner for its third season when it got axed. The second season averaged 3.98 million total viewers and a 0.72 in the 18-49 demo.
Freshman dramas Alex Inc., Deception, The Crossing, and Kevin Probably Saves the World did not make it past one season. The critically thrashed Marvel series Inhumans also made the list of the shows axed by ABC network after just one season. The series was a Marvel and IMAX project co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios. It starred Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon, Serinda Swan, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Ken Leung, Ellen Woglom, Sonya Balmores and Mike Moh.
NBC adds to the cancellation purge.
NBC adds to the cancellation purge by cancelling three of its shows. Taken, the prequel to the Liam Neeson film franchise of the same name, won’t be returning to NBC for a third season. However, due to the strong international brand recognition of its title, the series is being shopped elsewhere as producers seek a new U.S. platform for the series.
The comedy series Great News, whose second season averaged 0.7 rating in 18-49 demo and 3 million viewers, will not be back for a third season as well. Another freshman drama The Brave will also not return for a second season. The series averaged a 0.9 rating in 18-49 demo and 4.6 million viewers in Live+Same Day after 13 episodes.
CW cancels Life Sentence and Valor
CW also cancelled two of its freshman shows. Life Sentence was axed by CW after only one season.The show starred Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars. The cancellation was not much of a surprise though as it was the lowest rated series on the CW this year. It averaged a 0.15 rating in the 18-49 demo and drawing less than half a million total viewers.
The military drama Valor starring Matt Barr, Christina Ochoa, Charlie Barnett, Corbin Reid, W. Trè Davis, Nigel Thatch and Melissa Roxburgh will also not be returning to CW for a second season. Its first season concluded in late January 2018 and had an average of 958,000 total viewers and a rating of 0.21 in the 18-49 demo.