Last year, The CW decided to bid farewell to the WWE, resulting in a scramble to fill what had been its highest rated night. Out of that came the move of Everybody Hates Chris and The Game to Friday nights from their previous Sunday time slot (a night that is now officially in the graveyard for The CW). The move to Friday actually resulted in a nice increase in ratings for both shows over their terrible Sunday performances, but it was not enough, so Everybody Hates Chris and The Game have been cancelled. This leaves just America’s Next Top Model as the sole survivor from UPN.
Reaper’s ratings are in line with 90210, its lead out that has already been renewed (yet would be cancelled on any other network), but it lags in The CW’s young female target demographic audience. With that said, the network has decided to pull the plug on Reaper. Let’s hope next week’s series finale is an appropriate end to the show, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
CBS had three dramas on the bubble due to declining ratings and rising costs. Cold Case got lucky, but the other two did not. Without a Trace and The Unit have both been cancelled. Without a Trace actually finished the season in the top 20 shows on TV, but its older skewing demographics ultimately did it in.
Parks and Recreation, The Office, and 30 Rock will be returning, but NBC has decided not to renew My Name Is Earl for next season. Earl’s current time slot will be split between SNL Weekend Update Thursday in the fall and then new show Community in midseason.
We’ve been expecting it ever since Fox decided to move it to Fridays, where its ratings declined even further, but the network made it official by announcing that Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been cancelled.
Samantha Who? struggled to find an audience when not paired with Dancing with the Stars, but despite that it was expected to receive a renewal for season 3. ABC announced today that the show has been cancelled. The network’s got a number of holes in its lineup, but the plan appears to be to plug those with new series instead. The remaining episodes will air during the summer.
While NBC’s summer schedule may include I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, America’s Got Talent, and Great American Road Trip, and the network’s Tuesday night The Biggest Loser is stronger than ever, Futon Critic confirms that much of NBC’s reality lineup has gotten the axe.
Last Comic Standing, Nashville Star, Celebrity Circus, Celebrity Family Feud, The Baby Borrowers, American Gladiators, America’s Toughest Jobs, and Momma’s Boys have all been cancelled.
The massive cancellations come as NBC is preparing to move Jay Leno to 10PM, which will mean the need for 1/3 less programming.
Life on Mars, which got off to a good start on Thursdays, fizzled quickly, especially after it got moved to ABC’s death night of Wednesday (Lost notwithstanding). The show will finish off the remainder of its first season and then be cancelled as of next month.