Brothers & Sisters: Will the Series Be Cancelled After Season Five?

Brothers & SistersOver the summer, rumors were flying that Brothers & Sisters would be finished at the end of season five.

Much of that speculation stemmed from the fact that series regulars Rob Lowe and Emily VanCamp were leaving, Calista Flockhart was cutting back her appearances, and ABC only committed to 18 episodes for year five. The ratings also hit some all-time lows towards the end of last season with a 2.3 in the all-important 18-49 demographic.

Despite those negatives, executive producer David Marshall Grant maintained, “No one has told me that it’s the last season.” As a result, he wasn’t making any plans to steer the storylines to a series finale. He noted, “I don’t want to do that. It’s sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

If there were any plans by the network to bring Brothers & Sisters to a close, they seem to have been sidelined. ABC recently ordered four additional episodes, bringing the season five total to 22 installments. What’s more, the ratings have come back up.

This season, the Sunday night drama is averaging a 2.8 rating in the demo and 9.09 million viewers. That’s the show’s lowest season average to date but Brothers & Sisters is the network’s sixth best performing scripted series in the demo, coming in just below Private Practice. While they’d surely like the numbers to be better, ABC has lots of weaker shows to deal with.

For now at least, Brothers & Sisters looks to be on track for a sixth season renewal.

What do you think? Do you want Brothers & Sisters to keep going? Should it be renewed for season six or is it time for the show to be cancelled?

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  1. Mikki says

    I absolutely loved Brothers and Sisters! I never missed an episode! I was shocked when all the different series started again in the fall and kept looking for Brothers and Sisters, but no luck finding it! Very disappointed it’s no on, to say the least! Please, please bring it back!! It really sucked that there wasn’t even any clue, at least I never saw one, that the series was going off the air! Brothers and Sisters… Yeah!!! Bring it back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Nancy says

    Please bring the show back — it use to be on ABC and now they have this PanAm show on — not interested in that. Bring Brothers & Sisters back

  3. Janie Sanchez says

    Please bring Brothers and Sisters back ,That is one of my favorite family shows.Ive have been waiting and looking for it on Sunday nite.i have never miss any of there shows.

  4. HLA says

    I have been waiting and waiting for Brothers and Sisters to come back to Sunday night. It was one of my fav shows on Sun night. I just love the Walker clan. Please please bring it back!!! My Sunday nights just aren’t complete w/out it!!

  5. MMK says

    I will be very disappointed if ABC does not renew it contract for another season. It is one of my favorite Sunday nite tv series. Please bring it back.

  6. says

    Please bring it back on it is the only family series that my children can watch. Thats what is wrong now days they are taking away from all the family shows and putting on shows that are doing alot of cursing and bed sleeping. So please don’t take the only family show away.

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  8. Jean says

    Can’t pick it up in the city where I live . It was on Ch. 2 10:00pm, Sunday night. Not any more. It is one of my favorite shows. Please bring it back!!!!!!!!!!

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