And the First Canceled New Show of the Season Is…

14 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Wicked City’ Is Officially Canceled & It’s The First Of The Season To Go.

Plenty of other shows are circling the drain — Minority Report, for instance, saw its order trimmed and is not on the network’s winter or spring schedule, yet Fox refuses to say the show won’t make a return appearance.Following three low-rated episodes, ABC has opted to pull anthology drama Wicked City from its schedule, effective immediately, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.After airing just three episodes (which scored fairly miserable ratings in the process), the network has pulled the plug on the Ed Westwick period piece.

Wicked City, however, is being pulled from the schedule immediately — only three episodes have aired — and is halting production very soon (the eighth episode is now being shot). ABC will air repeats of Shark Tank in the 10 p.m. hour on Tuesdays beginning Nov. 17, and production on Wicked City will conclude after episode eight, which is currently shooting. The 1980s-set true-crime procedural starring Ed Westwick and Erika Christensen opened to dismal reviews and an equally disappointing 0.9 in the all-important adults 18-49 demographic and 3.3 million total viewers against the World Series in its Tuesday at 10 p.m. slot.

Up against Chicago Fire and fellow new drama Limitless, Wicked City, which starred Jeremy Sisto, and, managed to draw just 1.7 million viewers and a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 in its third week. Week 2 dropped 22 percent in the demo to a 0.7 before reaching a 0.4 in the adults under 50 set — the lowest number for a Big Four original telecast this fall. Proclaiming itself to be an anthology show, the whole point of Wicked City, like those that came before it — True Detective, American Horror Story — was to make it through the first season so that the second season could start, and a whole new true crime could begin.

They just did not have a choice here, since there would have been more than a half-dozen episodes that they still would have had to air, and there is no way that they can justify this to some of their affiliates. The 1980s-set drama followed two detectives (Sisto, Gabriel Luna) hunting down a pair of dating serial killers (Westwick and Christensen) terrorizing the Sunset Strip.

Both Christensen and co-star Taissa Farmiga inked one-year deals.) This season, the broadcast networks have been playing a long game and waiting for three-, seven- and, perhaps optimistically, 30-day DVR returns before making any official judgments, as live viewership continues to become less of a factor in determining success and “trimming” episode orders has effectively become the new canceled. They were originally going to air earlier in the fall, but were held back in order to give some more opportunities for “Quantico” to shine in repeats. The latter would essentially set up the replacement series for failure as it takes time (and money) to market a series and build an awareness/audience amid a crowded landscape.

News of Wicked City’s demise comes after NBC renewed freshman Blindspot for a second season — making the 2015-16 season a rare instance when a first-year show was renewed before one was canceled. Share right now with a comment below, and head over here in the event you want to get some other TV news on everything we cover, sent right over to you courtesy of our official CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: ABC.) Originally, the network scheduled Quantico for the slot, but moved it to Sundays after biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets was being retooled and was pushed from fall.

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