The pile-up of canceled series on the Friday before the networks announce their 2018-19 lineups continues. The latest casualty is NBC’s “Great News.”
The Tina Fey-produced comedy is done after two seasons. It was something of a surprise renewal last year, having put up marginal ratings in its first season. Season 2 failed to match them, despite having a stronger lead-in from the “Will & Grace” revival.
The show averaged a 0.7 same-day ratings in adults 18-49 and 3 million viewers this season, down from 0.8 and 3.35 million last season. Seven days of DVR and on-demand viewing only added 0.2 to the show’s 18-49 rating and about 530,000 total viewers.
“Great News” starred Briga Heelan as a producer at a cable news station and Andrea Martin as her overly involved mother, who ends up working at the channel too. Nicole Richie, John Michael Higgins, Adam Campbell, Horatio Sanz and Tracey Wigfield, who also created the show. Fey and Robert Carlock were executive producers.
NBC also canceled dramas “Taken” and “The Brave” on Friday. The network will release its schedule for next season on Sunday and present it to advertisers Monday.