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.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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