A Gifted Man: Cancelled, No Season Two

season two Gifted Man canceledPatrick Wilson and company won’t be back for a second season. CBS has cancelled A Gifted Man, their low-rated Friday night drama.

Revolving around a talented but arrogant doctor who’s visited by the ghost of his ex-wife, A Gifted Man ran for 16 episodes on CBS. The show features the talents of Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Margo Martindale, Liam Aiken, Julie Benz, Pablo Schreiber, Rachelle Lefevre, Afton Williamson, Eriq La Salle, and Mike Doyle.

The TV series got off to an unimpressive start back in September, registering a 1.4 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic with 9.45 million total viewers. In week two, the demo fell 14%, to a 1.2 rating.

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The numbers for later episodes fluctuated up and down — even occasionally outperforming the series premiere — but were never very strong. For the show’s final few episodes, CBS moved it into the 9pm timeslot but it didn’t do as well as previous timeslot occupant CSI: NY.

The last episode of the season (and series aired) on March 2nd and was Gifted Man’s best overall series performance, registering a 1.5 in the demo with 9.70 million total viewers. On our CBS Ratings Report Card, which measures the relaive success of shows on the network, A Gifted Man had a “D-” rating right from the start.

In Gifted Man’s former timeslot, CBS tried airing episodes of reality series Undercover Boss. It performed significantly better and cost much less to produce. Gifted Man’s fate had been sealed.

What do you think? Are you sorry to hear that Gifted Man won’t be back for a second season? Why do you think this series didn’t catch on? Did you like or dislike the “supernatural” aspect of the series?

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  1. Shelly says

    This was an awesome show. The whole family watched and looked forward to it every week. Bring it back!

  2. mary says

    I’m bummed to find out they cancelled this show!! They leave on this pure crap reality stuff and don’t give this a chance?? Really????

  3. Valerie says

    AGM- what an awesome show! One of the best this season. Super characters, fantastic story lines with so much to develop – a great mix of arrogance, medical drama, humanity and humility. CBS really messed up! Think NCIS- Let’s hope another network with broader vision will pick this gem up.

  4. CJ says

    I don’t think that CBS gave the show a real chance. It was a good show. It was building steam. Come on, CBS, give it another chance!

  5. donna says

    The only cbs show that I watched was A Gifted Man. I looked forward to watching a gifted man every Friday night. Since House is gone now, I don’t have any medical shows to watch now! CBS took the only good program off ! Why can’t CBS put the show back on and move the show to another night besides Friday and the show might work this time.

  6. Gary Finkelstein says

    How disappointing. A Gifted Man was one of the few shows these days that was entertaining. It had substance, drama and compasion. It will be missed. I would like to think you would give it another try. Both my wife and I feel the same and usually we never agree on a TV show.

  7. Becky C says

    Extremely disappointed to hear that AGM has been axed, not even a chance for Season Two… look forward to seeing the wonderful and enjoyable talents of Patrick Wilson and Rachelle Lefevre on future series. Go Rita too…. great character. I will miss AGM. from Totally SAD downunder!!

  8. Becky C says

    Absolutely devastated big time that A Gifted Man is cancelled… Big mistake, CBS should reconsider.. truly disappointed. Patrick Wilson and company are the best, extremely talented group. Enjoyed the show immensely, nothing worthwhile to watch now. I will miss my special time on Thursday nights (Ch 10 network AUS). The format and intro into the super natural was an interesting concept – found neuro medical field sooo fascinating after seeing A Gifted Man. All episodes were great, best being Episodes 13 & 15. Sad day – unbelievable that the demographics over 50 are not even considered. I hope to see Patrick Wilson and Rachelle Lefevre on the screen again, where their great wonderful talents can shine once more… totally SAD fan (Aussie downunder)

  9. leslie raffin says

    I am very disappointed that Gifted Man has been cancelled. I watch very few shows and am picky- this was the best one! The cast, storylines, writing- wonderful! I think the timeslot was not the best and not sure if exposure was enough. Few of my friends have heard of it- those that know of it…love it! You have some passionate fans with this show. Not happy at all.

  10. Gail Beckhaus says

    I have watched every episode and have loved every one of them and especially the second last one when it showed our lovely Dr Holt in a plain clothes playing the drums and singing instead of in his white shirt and collar, showing a casual side of him which was lovely to see and the hope of him and Kate getting together was a great touch too so I was really looking forward to the following episodes to see if anything developed between them.
    I am absolutely devastated to hear about the cancellation of the show and I am desperately hoping that it will continue into another series.

  11. TERESA KOHL says

    i am sorry that gifted man was cancelled already, a great new show. im gonna miss it alot.i was hoping it would return again, cause i always looked forward every friday night watching it, cause finally a good and interesting show comes on to watch and it doesn’t last that truly stinks, while other crappy, stupid shows stay on tv. the actors were just great on it!! i hope i will see patrick wilson again on tv, doing something he truly likes and will enjoy.

  12. says

    I am very disappointed this show is not continuing. I hope it comes out on Blu-ray! I agree with the previous posted that these actors/ actresses were extremely talented and a treat to watch!

  13. Mike F says

    CBS is out to lunch on this one! A Gifted Man was a great show, I would say it was the best show on CBS. It should have been on on Sunday night, following 60 Minutes. It was a Touched by an Angel sort of show, Sunday night after 60 Minutes was their old time slot. On a Gifted Man’s last air date, March 2, it had 9.7 million viewers, no other TV program had that many viewers that night. It is not easy to draw 9.7 million viewers to a new a TV program, especially on a Friday night, especially with no major lead in, but A Gifted Man did so. What was the probem? According to CBS, A Gifted Man had a low 18 to 49 rating, although that number was steadily increasing. Why not stick with a new show that shows promise, help it along, move it to a better time slot and night? Give it some time at least. Why do TV ratings have to be all about the 18 to 49 demographic anyways? I’m 53, I know I spend much more than any 18 year old. What hasnt been taken into consideration here is the aging baby boomers who are spending more later in life for one. TV exectives need to sit down with advertisers and make changes to the rating system, for one, at least, throw out the 18 – 49 demo, it makes zero sense to say that 20 year olds have more buying power and matter more than 50 year olds in todays world. I also question the accuracy of the current rating system as well, the whole thing needs an overhaul, its outdated and antiquated and makes no sense, especially when everything we see or dont see on TV depends on it. Sadly, great quality shows, with great talented actors are being sent to the graveyard, while crap shows and more and more reality shows, with no actors are being kept on the air, networks win because they dont have to pay actors, viewers lose, because quality is declining, and more and more every day viewership of network TV is in decline. TV networks had better wake up before its too late, they dont seem to realize that currently while their bottom line might be better, down the road, as viewership continues to decline, they wont have an audience when everyone tires of reality TV and the crap that is left on TV, actors have moved to cable and elsewhere and the few TV shows that are left on TV have aged out. CBS, more than any other network is in the biggest danger of the big fall. They are turning their backs on great new TV shows now because they are riding high with a number of top 20 shows, but those shows are aging out fast. CBS needs to take a long hard look on where it’s headed, they may be number 1 today, but will they be number 3 in a few years? NBC or cable would be smart to be picking up some of CBS’s cast off’s, a show like A Gifted Man pulling more than 10 million viewers a night is just what NBC or a cable network would be happy to have right now!

    • Rick says

      I agree, great show. And running it after 60 Minutes is a good idea. Agreed it would fit as “Touched By an Angel” did. I also agree with the comments about demographics: I’m 54 and I definitely have more and spend more than I did in that 18-49 demo. You’re right–it doesn’t take into account the aging Baby Boomers… This was a very good, quality show that needed more time to develop–at least another season. CBS has hung on to “NCIS: Los Angeles,” a show I barely watch anymore, no matter that the original “NCIS” is one of my favorites. The writing on “NCIS: LA” is often blah at best; “A Gifted Man” beats it easily, and not just in writing. How about a swap, CBS? Wish the network would reconsider its decision.

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