CBS Cancels New Series After Just Two Episodes Air

Oct 10, 2012  •  Post A Comment

CBS has moved quickly to tweak its fall schedule, becoming the first network of the season to cancel a show. Entertainment Weekly reports that the network has pulled the plug on its Friday night legal drama “Made in Jersey.”

The cancellation comes after only two episodes of the show aired.

The network will move “Undercover Boss’ into the Friday night lineup beginning Nov. 2, when it will move “CSI: NY” to 9 p.m., the story reports. In the meantime the network will fill its gaps with reruns of “NCIS” and “Hawaii Five-0.”

The report notes: “’Made in Jersey’ debuted to weak reviews and low ratings, premiering to 7.7 million viewers and a very slight 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. Last week, the Janet Montgomery drama dropped to 5.8 million viewers and a 0.8 rating. ‘Undercover Boss’ has proven to be a solid Friday performer and having the reality show in the 8 p.m. slot should help CBS’s surviving dramas on the night.”

The other new CBS dramas — “Vegas” and “Elementary” — are expected to fare better, with full-season orders anticipated this week, the report notes.

The speedy cancellation of “Jersey” spares Fox the humiliation of being the first broadcast network to cancel a show this season — a fate many observers had predicted for Fox’s “The Mob Doctor.”

Commenting on ‘Mob Doctor,” EW reports: “There’s a rumor going around that Fox has quietly decided to air all 13 episodes. Fox hasn’t confirmed this, however.”

2 Comments

  1. Once again viewers are left hanging by a networks premature cancellation. Only 2 shows and you’re out, even in baseball you get three strikes, and did they factor in time shifters etc. Friday nights their so called “golden demographic” is out at the bars and clubs not in front of a TV set. I for one enjoyed the show.

  2. I like mysteries and legal shows, this was a decent combo. I will say this a hundred times, there are three reasons good shows die early, no promotion, bad time slot and really poor titles. I think having Jersey in the title brought squirms from Jersey Shore haters (like me). Then they didn’t give it a better time slot and I just barely found it as it wasn’t promoted. I watch virtually everything taped from a DVR, so I don’t help the shows they only count as watched in real time. If they don’t change the Nielsens to include time shifted viewings, too many other good shows are going to reach the same demise. Finally, it had 5.8 million viewers – how many other long term shows have that high numbers? I realize it isn’t 20 million, but given time and a good slot it could have been.

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