Two months into the 2015-16 TV season, the first outright cancellation has arrived.
ABC has pulled the plug on “Wicked City” after three episodes. The show drew a dismal 0.4 rating in adults 18-49 in its last episode on Tuesday, the lowest showing of any original episode on the big four broadcast networks this fall.
The 0.4 was believed to be the worst in-season rating for a big four show since 18-49 ratings started being recorded 25 years ago. It also maybe answers the question of “How low is too low?”
So far this fall, networks have cut back the order of four series — “The Player” and “Truth Be Told” at NBC, “Minority Report” at FOX and “Blood & Oil” at ABC — that have drawn sub-1.0 ratings but had not pulled anything outright. Repeats or fill-in programming wouldn’t have done any better, the reasoning went. With at least a couple of those shows slated to go off the schedule in the new year anyway, the networks to let them play out rather than swing the ax right away.
ABC now has the distinction of having the first show canceled three years in a row, following “Lucky 7” in 2013 and “Manhattan Love Story” in 2014.
Repeats of “Shark Tank” will fill the 10 p.m. Tuesday slot starting next week.