There’s either something in the water down in SoCal or the Jedi Masters at CBS PR have really outdone themselves this spring.
I noted on Tuesday, that Entertainment Weekly had not a single CBS drama in their “danger zone” and has The Defenders, a show that’s had absolutely no chance at a second season for months rated as “could go either way”.
“The Defenders” has wrapped its first season with decent averages (10.3 million viewers, 2.2 in 18-49) by the standard of its Friday 8 p.m. timeslot. The future of the Jim Belushi-Jerry O’Connell starrer will hinge on how much Nina Tassler likes the net’s drama pilots.
The Defenders was CBS’s lowest rated Sunday-Thursday scripted show this season.
The Defenders moved to Friday where it became CBS’s lowest rated Friday scripted show this season.
It wouldn’t matter if every single one of this spring’s CBS drama pilots caused Nina Tassler to go spontaneously blind and deaf, she’s not bringing The Defenders back.
No mention of any other CBS dramas possibly being cancelled either, at least two more of which are unlikely to see another September evening, but perhaps Variety just ran out of space.