Another freshman show will be coming to a close after its initial order in this season of we-don’t-say-canceled-anymore at the broadcast networks.
This time it’s CBS’ medical drama “Pure Genius,” which will run out its 13-episode order on the network and then head off the air early next year. As with “Notorious” and “Conviction” and “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow,” all of which are in the same boat, the show isn’t officially canceled. But it’s shutting down production after episode 13 and its chances at renewal are vanishingly small.
The show, about a tech billionaire (Augustus Prew) who builds a cutting-edge hospital and hires a surgeon (Dermot Mulroney) to run it, hasn’t gained much traction in its initial weeks. The series premiere on Oct. 27 managed only a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 (live + same-day) and has been at 0.9 in each of the three episodes since then.
It’s the lowest-rated of CBS’ six new shows this fall and the second-lowest on the network overall, ahead of only “Elementary.”