It is indeed rare, but starting to become a little more common – a major network “uncanceling” a show: CBS has reversed its decision on dumping Unforgettable; instead, the network announced it would pickup thirteen new episodes to run next summer.
Starring Poppy Montgomery, Unforgettable is about a woman who has a photographic memory and helps the New York City police department solve crimes.
Giving shows a second chance isn’t necessarily new: in 2009, NBC initially canceled Trauma after a month on the air, but relented after it needed programming to fill after the demise of The Jay Leno Show. NBC picked up several more episodes of the medicinal drama, but wound up canceling the show again in May 2010.
After CBS canceled Cagney & Lacey for a second time in May 1983, a vigorous letter-writing campaign was waged, and the show was successfully saved. In 1987, ABC canceled Mr. Belvedere after three seasons, but later renewed the show for a fourth season without any explanation.
And of course, the most recent examples include Family Guy (canceled twice) and Futurama.
In its Tuesday night time slot, Unforgettable averaged 10.3 million viewers, but only drew an average 2.0 adults 18-49 demo rating.