The other shoe has dropped for a pair of shows that had summer runs on CBS: “BrainDead” and “American Gothic” are done after single-season runs earlier this year.
News of the cancellations broke late Monday, but doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Both shows ended their runs in early September without word on their futures, but with a summer of modest (at best) ratings behind them.
“American Gothic” fared somewhat better in the Nielsens, averaging a 0.5 same-day rating in adults 18-49 and 2.7 million viewers on Wednesday nights. “BrainDead,” which split time between Monday and Sunday nights, managed just a 0.4 and 2.62 million viewers.
The cancellations leave CBS with a lone summer scripted show, “Zoo,” which will return for a third season in 2017. It scored a 0.7 and 4.45 million viewers over the summer.
“American Gothic” and “BrainDead” were also among two lowest-rated scripted series on any of the Big 4 networks this summer. Only NBC’s “Aquarius” (0.3) had a worse 18-49 rating.