A Gifted Man: Will It Be Cancelled or Renewed?

A Gifted Man canceled or renewedWill A Gifted Man be cancelled or renewed for a second season? As the show winds down for 2011-12, that’s the big question for fans of the CBS TV series. In a recent interview, executive producer Neal Baer shared his thoughts but first, let’s look at the show’s ratings.

For those who came in late, A Gifted Man revolves around a self-absorbed and talented surgeon who starts questioning the purpose of his life when he’s visited by the spirit of his deceased ex-wife. The cast includes Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Margo Martindale, Liam Aiken, Julie Benz, Pablo Schreiber, Rachelle Lefevre, Afton Williamson, Eriq La Salle, and Mike Doyle.

The series debuted back in September to a disappointing 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 9.45 million total viewers. The premiere matched now-cancelled Medium’s 2010 opener in the demo but did improve in total viewership. Week two saw Gifted Man drop to a 1.2 in the demo and 8.18 million. The numbers stayed at those levels for several weeks but then perked up to a 1.3 in the demo.

The season to date has a 1.3 average and 8.34 million total viewers. It’s easily the network’s weakest drama — in both the demo and total viewership — even when the Friday night timelot is taken into account. Medium was cancelled with a 1.4 demo average. With an abundance of stronger programming, A Gifted Man is certain to be cancelled after all 16 episodes have aired.

TV show supportIn speaking with TV Guide, Baer however remains optimistic and shared, “[CBS] really likes the show, and we haven’t talked about the future at all except trying to just do great episodes… They’re very supportive of the show and I know they really like it, so we’re very hopeful about coming back in the fall.”

Because Baer and company are betting that the show won’t be cancelled, some storylines will be left unresolved in the season finale. Baer noted, “There’s plenty to hope for and wonder about… There are definitely questions about what will happen in relationships in the future.”

What do you think? Do you think that A Gifted Man should be cancelled or renewed for season two? Should the storylines have been wrapped up in the season (likely series) finale?

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  1. Julia says

    We recently found “A Gifted Man” on Netflix and love it so much we can hardly stop watching it. We never heard of it when it was on TV and now are very disappointed to hear it has been cancelled. What on earth are you thinking…this is one of the best…please reconsider and give us another season.

  2. coffee says

    Best show I have watched in years. My 30 year old daughter became addicted when I shared with her. There was no advertisement on tv to alert us to watch this show. It was all word of mouth and you did not give us enough time to spread the cheer. Best all around show on tv. Rather see Greys Anatomy cancelled than The Gifted Man cancelled.

  3. Gill Hill says

    Why is it that a new series is never given enough time, before people are talking of cancelling the series. I think this was different, but I feel it does not need the ghost of the wife any further, but putting the rich with helping the poor in medicine is a good call. May it continue.

  4. Anonymous says

    I agree with everyone who wants this show brought back. Why do studios think intelligent adults would rather watch stupid reality shows rather than a program that is entertaining like A Gifted Man?

  5. Jaharris says

    Every friday night that was the show to watch…Please bring it back….CBS please stop leaving the viewers hanging. I sat in front of my TV waiting to watch that show.

  6. M. Biggs says

    Apparently no amount of positive comments will bring back the show. I also cannot understand why the show was cancelled. Maybe because it doesn’t have all the sex and gore that producers seem to think all viewers want. Do lets keep on all those simple minded reality housewives shows. And lets not forget how long that horrible Jersey Shore show was on. It was porn without the rating. Clean cut shows don’t seem to be the norm these days. You should be ashamed of yourselves for cancelling a great show!!!!!!

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