The fate of “Sweet/Vicious” has been up in the air since its first season ended on MTV in January. Friday, the channel announced the show won’t return for another run, though its creator is looking for a new home.
“I got the news that MTV has canceled ‘Sweet/Vicious,'” creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson writes in a note to fans. “To say I am devastated would be the understatement of the year.”
The show, about two college students (Eliza Bennett and Taylor Dearden) who team up to take vengeance on sexual predators who go unpunished by the powers that be, earned glowing critical reviews but had a fairly tiny audience.
The 10-episode first season drew an average of just 180,000 viewers the night it aired, along with a 0.1 rating among adults 18-49. It typically doubled that audience with a few days of DVR and on-demand catchup, but even those numbers were at the low end of scripted shows on cable.
“MTV has decided to not move forward with a second season of ‘Sweet/Vicious,'” MTV says in a statement. “We are extremely proud of this critically acclaimed series and are deeply disappointed such an impactful show did not find a larger audience. ‘Sweet/Vicious’ was a show we loved from the start, with empowering female leads and a message we believe in. We are grateful the series started a much needed dialogue around sexual assault, and thank the talented Jennifer Robinson, Amanda Lasher, Stacey Sher and the stellar cast, writers and producers for creating such a timely and thought provoking series.”
In her note to fans, Robinson says she and her fellow producers “will do everything we can” to find a new outlet for the series and thus a second season.
For now, at least, “Sweet/Vicious” joins these shows that have been canceled in 2016-17.