It's Official: CBS Passes on Moonlight

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May 13th, 2008

Moonlight’s Sophia MylesSorry Moonlight fans. I know many of you will be devastated. But Variety and others are reporting that it's official, Moonlight has been cancelled. My take, as I've said earlier is that this show was "right on" the bubble, and I wouldn't have thought CBS crazy for picking it back up, but nor would I have thought them insane to cancel it either. While it performed well in its return the last few weeks, and remarkably held most of its viewers after a long hiatus in original episodes, it wasn't a great performer in the 18-49 demographic (not that anything on broadcast is on Friday nights) and it always had fewer viewers than its lead-in Ghost Whisperer and it's lead-out, Numb3rs.

Realistically, I can't fault CBS for at least trying to find a show that will do as well as GW and Numb3rs for the 9pm slot. I do feel bad for the fans, but I also can understand why CBS would want to try something else.

Still, I do understand for the very fervent fan base, this is a really bad day for you. Hang in there!

Update 7:00PM PDT: Deadline Hollywood is reporting there is a slight chance of a maybe, possibly could be, but just a chance that MRC who will now program Sunday night's for the CW will take Moonlight for Sunday night. Update, 9PM PDT: Slight, indeed, TVWeek has the preliminary CW/MRC Sunday Night and it doesn't include Moonlight.

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