NBC’s comedy “Champions” might pick up a participation trophy, but that’s about it for now: The network has canceled the first-year comedy.
The not-unexpected news came late Friday, five weeks after the show’s final two episodes aired. It was one of several shows to get the hook in the past few days as networks and studios were facing a deadline to pick up actors’ contract options for another year.
Other shows canceled in the past week are “Famous in Love,” “Ghosted,” “Six,” “Nobodies” and “Timeless.”
“Champions” was among the lowest-rated shows on the Big 4 networks this season, so its end comes as little surprise. The comedy starring Anders Holm, Andy Favreau, J.J. Totah and co-creator Mindy Kaling, averaged a scant 0.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 2 million viewers for initial airings. A week of delayed viewing pushed it only to 0.7 and 2.49 million.
Netflix began streaming the series, both in the United States and internationally, earlier in June. It will continue to carry the show but passed on ordering more episodes. Producer Universal Television will attempt to find another home for the show, according to several reports.
“Champions” becomes the 76th show canceled in 2017-18.