USA Announces Show’s ‘Return’ (Translation: The Show Is Canceled)

Aug 12, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Characterizing it as a renewal, USA Network announced plans to end one of its shows, even though it has been pulling in solid ratings.

The show is “In Plain Sight,” and USA revealed in a press release, posted on TVbytheNumbers, that it’s bringing it back for a fifth season, which will be its last. In other words, the show is canceled.

Word of the fifth season was already out there, as USA said last year that the show would go two more seasons.

The order for season five is a short one — just eight episodes. The season is due to roll out in the spring.

USA is ending the show even though it averaged 4.9 million viewers this season, up 8% from season three. The fourth-season finale scored a season-high audience, the network said, up 6% from the previous year.

“In Plain Sight” stars Mary McCormack as a deputy U.S. marshal working for the federal witness protection program.



  1. I always thought of IPS as the little show that could: a solid cast of characters with an exciting premise. Thank goodness we’ll at least have closure for a wonderful series.

  2. Sad day really love this show.

  3. They must be doing great to be able to cancel a show pulling in almost 5 million viewers.

  4. The show’s ratings are up, and there’s no objectionable content that would scare away advertisers and/or stations. So why the cancellation?
    Just guessing, but perhaps the show’s quirky charms don’t translate to the international marketplace. Sad. It’s one of the network’s better original shows.

  5. This is a drag. The two shows I actually watch online now that I live in a place without any TV reception are In Plain Sight and Eureka. They had interesting characters/cast, humor, consistently innovative storylines, and action without gore. Both networks owned by Kabletown.

  6. My guess is that since the costs of the show are paid by the network starting at season 6 and USA has enough hits, it doesn’t want the expense of producing the show.

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