“Instinct’s” time on the air is coming to an end.

It has been confirmed today that CBS will not be bringing back the Alan Cummings-led drama for a third season. The show’s creator, Michael Rauch, announced the show’s cancellation on Twitter this morning:

“I’m very sad to relay the news that ‘Instinct’ won’t be renewed for a 3rd season. We will double up this Sunday and our season/series finale will be Aug 25. Endless thanks to @Alancumming & @bojnovak for making Dylan & Lizzie more everything than I could have ever hoped, & thanks to our incredible crew, cast, writers, producers & all who helped make our show, with respect, talent & kindness. And a giant thank you to our diehard fans for your love, loyalty & excellent taste (is it too soon to ask for a reboot?).”

Created by Rauch, “Instinct” follows a former CIA operative, who is pulled out of his normal life as a professor and writer in order to help the NYPD in their effort to stop a serial killer on the loose. In addition to Cumming, the series stars Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings, Michael B. Silver, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Sharon Leal, Naveen Andrews, and more.

The show’s cancellation today doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as the series, which has always been a low ratings performer, has suffered a notable decline in its second season. Airing throughout this summer, as opposed to its first season’s spring debut in 2018, the show’s sophomore season has averaged a 0.3 live + same day rating among adults 18-49 with 3.39 million viewers.

Its series finale is now set to air Sunday, August 25.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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