CBS has officially announced that it will be putting an end to “The Good Wife” after seven seasons. The network chose to make the announcement in grand fashion as well, through a promotional spot during this year’s Super Bowl game.
Speculation that this would be the final season of the show picked up when creators Michelle and Robert King said they would depart the show at the end of the season. The show’s ratings have been in decline as well, with the current season averaging a 1.08 same-day rating in adults 18-49.
The show will be ending with the Kings’ original seven-season plan. Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment, and David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios, commented on the announcement with the following:
“It’s never easy to say goodbye to one of the crown jewels of your network and studio, much less to a show that is among the best on television. But it also feels very right to end with the seven-year story its creators envisioned, and to celebrate the show’s final run while at the top of its creative game. It has been CBS’s sincere privilege to broadcast and produce ‘The Good Wife’ for seven extraordinary seasons. We thank and applaud the outstanding cast, led by the impeccable Julianna Margulies, and the consummate writing and producing team, headed by the brilliant Robert and Michelle King, who brought to life a smart, sophisticated series that has delivered audiences so many memorable characters and unforgettable moments. It is a series that will only grow in prestige as its episodes are watched again or discovered by new viewers for many years to come.”
The series has been a constant presence in the awards circuit ever since its premiere as well, winning several awards for itself throughout the years including a Peabody Award, a Television Critics Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama, a Writers Guild of America Award, and more.
The remainder of the series will be comprised of nine episodes, with its series finale set to air on Sunday, May 8.