Law & Order’s fate hanging in the balance
It was a day for cancellations.
In a move that does not surprise anyone, ABC has canceled FlashForward after one season. The Thursday night science-fiction series’ ratings declined significantly throughout the season in the key adults 18-49 demographic.
Last Thursday’s airing of FlashForward finished in last place among adults 18-49 in its time period, even behind CW’s Vampire Diaries, despite being pre-empted here in Chicago for a Cubs-Pirates game on WGN.
FlashForward premiered on September 24, 2009 to strong ratings, but viewers fled for the exits almost every week since.
ABC also trashed Romantically Challenged, Alyssa Milano’s laugh-challenged and ratings-challenged sitcom which ran after Dancing With The Stars on Monday nights and was beaten by CBS’ Big Bang Theory in repeats. Also out are Scrubs and Better Off Ted.
Meanwhile, NBC reportedly canceled Law & Order after 20 seasons. However, this may be nothing more but a negotiating ploy as series creator Dick Wolf and the peacock network are still in talks to keep the show on the air in some kind of captivity in order to break the record held by CBS’ Gunsmoke as television’s longest-running drama series in the United States.
TNT, which carries syndicated repeats of Law & Order, denied reports that they were interested to pick up new episodes of the venerable show.
And there are reports circulating of NBC finally canceling Heroes after four seasons.