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Detroit 1-8-7: ABC Cop Series Cancelled; No Season Two

Detroit 187 canceled season twoOn Detroit 1-8-7, a dedicated group of detectives fight hard to keep their city safe. Unfortunately, not enough people were interested in watching that battle. ABC has cancelled the TV series after just one season.

Detroit 1-8-7 follows a group of tough homicide detectives who work on the streets of one of the toughest cities of America. The TV series stars Michael Imperioli, Aisha Hinds, D.J. Cotrona, Erin Cummings, James McDaniel, Jon Michael Hill, Natalie Martinez, and Shaun Majumder.

Though many felt that the series was one of the strongest cop dramas to come to network TV in years, most of the general public wasn’t that interested. It stumbled right out of the gate when the premiere attracted just a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 9.342 million total viewers.

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The numbers dropped from there, losing 9% of the demo in week two and then 19% in week three. The ratings kept dwindling down and fell as a low as a 1.0 rating and 5.05 million viewers. It was clear pretty early on that Detroit 1-8-7 was doomed.

TV show supportThe cop series became the third lowest-rated scripted series on the network. Only My Generation and The Whole Truth performed worse and they were both cancelled early into the season.

ABC has now made it official and cancelled Detroit 1-8-7 after a single season of 18 episodes. The series finale aired on March 20th.

What do you think? Are you sorry that there won’t be a second season of Detroit 1-8-7? Why do you think it didn’t catch on?

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NCastro June 4, 2011 at 9:45 am

Detroit 187 was a great show. Too bad ABC didn’t give it a chance. I enjoyed watching the program and looked forward to each episode.


Maureen June 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I liked Detroit 1-8-7 ! And not just ‘cuz I grw up in MI. Shows like Cougar Town are still with us, so sad. Bring back QUALITY, please.


Ross June 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Good job, ABC! Body of Proof is one of my favorite new ones!


loretta leake May 28, 2011 at 7:27 am

I loved this show. What are you thinking?? Bring it back!!!!


My Golly May 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Haunting characters – extremely well written – great ensemble acting. Does almost everything on network TV have to appeal to IQ’s in the double digits?
C’mon USA, this is a perfect pick up for you.


Cheyenne54 May 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Detroit 1-8-7 was an outstanding show. Written well, great characters and strong character development winding through compelling story lines. Sad ABC didn’t support it, promote it, prevent its pre-emption by, of all people, Charlie Sheen. Many people (actors, writers, producers, production, makeup etc.) came together to develop and produce a quality show and ABC let it go, failed to support it, and clearly shows their executives reactionary nature and lack of judgment. Apparently what we need are more mindless reality shows or dumbed down formulaic shows renewed or re-made. Poor decision ABC. This show and its creators, crew and cast deserved more respect and support from you.


Maureen June 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

A heartfelt Amen !


jenc222 May 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Shame on you ABC for cancelling the best show of the season.
Why not move it to another time slot on a different night? The crew on this show deserved the chance, they were so talented. This is a major losss
Shame on you……


L. Anne May 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

I just loved this show, especially Michael Imperioli….Big Big mistake ABC. You didn’t give it a chance AT ALL…


Bill F May 18, 2011 at 6:00 am

Detroit 1-8-7 was the best show on tv. I don’t understand this decision to cancel it.


Mike Patterson May 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Great job ABC….really, one season for a show that was never promoted and pre-empted several times early on. This was one of the best cop shows going with good acting and 2-story-lines in an episode. Imperiolio’s character was great and so were the others. It was in the mold of Homicide and really should have been given a second season and new time slot with a promotional committment from the network as well. Why can’t a quality show be given time to gather an audience? So now it will be really interesting to see what hunk of crap ABC rolls out. Hey at least you have Dancing with the has-been Stars, and that other loser show Desparate Housewifes


Ann Dodge May 17, 2011 at 8:27 am

I started watching Detroit 187 not expecting to like it, but it really grew on me and I don’t think I missed an episode…I had it set on my dvr just in case I couldn’t be in front of the tv. The characters were well-developed and the storylines were realistic. Shame on you ABC! That was one of your best shows and you should have promoted it more! Your loss…of quite a few viewers. Sad. (I would love it if USA would pick it up…they do a good job with their series.)


Gay May 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Perhaps if ABC hadn’t played hide and seek with it’s scheduling, and if they hadn’t pre-empted it with such sterling programming as a Charlie Sheen ‘special’ or What Would You Do? this great program might still be around.

Now my only hope is that they’ll release it on DVD. Is there any hope that one of the smaller networks might give it a go?


Joyce May 16, 2011 at 6:31 am

Maybe the fact that (1) ABC never promoted the show; (2) They kept pre-empting it with crap or (3) More of the above, killed this great show. The ABC execs are really a bunch of rocket scientists! A remake of Charlie’s Angels – give me a freakin’ break! Hope their whole next season bombs – Dancing with the Has-Beens can’t last forever.


Peter A. Balaskas May 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Congratulations, ABC Network—the symbol of creative mediocrity—for cancelling DETROIT 187, one of the most provacative, witty, and intelligently crime dramas on TV and renewing BODY OF PROOF, a formulaic piece of crap that has Dana Delany act as though she were taking shots of testosterone in order to prove she’s “tough”. Please! The actresses from 187 can act rings around her. Good job, ABC!

On DETROIT 187, there was a medical examiner(played by Erin Cummings) that was tough and no-nonsense, but she showed more realistic sensitivity (especially the series finale) than the ice-queen Delany. Part of that realism was the writing, …but I have to say, Cummings—in a minor role—showed more a hell of a lot more dimensionality, along with Natalie Martinez and ESPECIALLY Aisha Hinds as the captain. Now, Hinds WAS TOUGH, but she didn’t act like a man like Delany.


Dave May 15, 2011 at 9:16 am

Attention all high school drop outs! There appears to be very good employment for us running network television. No f-u-c-k-i-n-g clue required!!!


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