Thursday, September 6, 2012
Cancellation Watch: Did the Early Start for Grimm Hurt More Than Help the Show?
And NBC seems to be dumping on its genre shows this week as it has decided to pull the last two episodes of the supernatural drama Saving Hope from its schedule. It had already cast the show to Saturday nights, but now it has decided to yank it altogether. The Canadian series has not performed well for the network all Summer, but it seems particularly harsh to pull it right as it is wrapping up its first season. But then NBC is trying to get Fall off to an early start and get a jump on the other networks so I guess they decided to drop as much dead weight as possible. (Grimm fans, take that as you will considering next Monday's schedule shift). Saving Hope will air out its last two episodes online, and the show has been renewed for a second season by its Canadian network. Where U.S. fans of the show will be able to find it next year is uncertain, but they can at least be happy that a second season of the show will come at some point.
Syfy's Warehouse 13 and Alphas took a break this week and the Fall season kicks off in just over a week, so keep an eye out for my preview and early predictions for the upcoming year as well as the numbers for the new and returning shows.
You can see the Cancellation Alert status of all the shows currently airing plus the final results from prior seasons at my Cancellation Watch page.
Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers
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