As it continues finalizing its 2019-20 programming lineup, ABC has revealed one existing title that it’ll be saying goodbye to this year.
The network has officially canceled its legal drama, “For the People,” after just two seasons. The sophomore series will air its second season finale – now its series finale – later this month. It is ABC’s first scripted cancellation of the season so far.
Created by Paul William Davies, “For the People” was set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, and followed brand new lawyers as they work both the defense and the prosecution, handling the most high profile cases in the country – all as their personal lives continue to intersect.
Its cast includes Jasmin Savoy Brown, Wesam Keesh, Arlene Barshinger, Hope Davis, Ben Shenkman, Britt Robertson, Susannah Flood, and more.
The series has been a likely candidate for cancellation ever since it returned with its second season this year, averaging a low 0.5 L+SD rating among adults 18-49 with 2.98 million viewers – tying it with “The Fix” and “Speechless” as ABC’s lowest-rated scripted show of the season.
A majority of ABC’s 2018-19 scripted shows still have yet to be renewed or canceled. Up to this point, only “Black-ish,” “A Million Little Things,” “The Good Doctor,” “Modern Family,” and “The Conners” have been renewed for next season, with 15 other scripted shows still waiting to hear their fates.