Detroit 1-8-7: The (Series?) Finale Airs on Sunday

Detroit 187 last episode of seasonABC has decided to run the season (likely series) finale of Detroit 1-8-7 this Sunday, March 20th, at 10pm. The freshman drama is airing on a special night because it was pre-empted by a 20/20 special featuring an interview with Charlie Sheen a couple weeks ago.

Detroit 1-8-7 is, of course, highly unlikely to return for season two. The TV series’ ratings have been terrible and just about anything else the network has put on in its place has performed better. It’s currently averaging a very disappointing 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.64 million viewers. That makes Detroit 1-8-7 the lowest-rated scripted series still on the network. Tuesday’s installment registered just a 1.2 in the demo.

Here’s the finale description from ABC:



“Blackout” – Fitch’s past comes back to haunt him when his old New York nemesis, Albert Stram, makes his presence known in Detroit just as the veteran detective is enjoying spending time with his son, Bobby. Stram’s not so subtle threats shake the usually unflappable Fitch. Meanwhile, the other detectives are called to the scene of a horrific homicide to find an entire family brutally murdered. Fitch tries to put the pieces of the puzzle together and it leads him to a devastating conclusion. With his back against the wall, Fitch asks Washington to protect Bobby, then leads Longford and Mahajan on an extremely dangerous mission to trap Stram; but which side of the law will he come down on in order to save his family and those in the squad? Meanwhile, Longford has second thoughts about his retirement; but is it too late? It’s a crucial turning point in the lives of all the detectives, on the Season Finale of “Detroit 1-8-7,” SUNDAY, MARCH 20 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Note: This program replaces “Brothers & Sisters: Call Mom” which moves to March 27.

“Detroit 1-8-7″ stars Michael Imperioli as Detective Louis Fitch, James McDaniel as Sergeant Jesse Longford, Aisha Hinds as Lieutenant Maureen Mason, D.J. Cotrona as Detective John Stone, Jon Michael Hill as Detective Damon Washington, Shaun Majumder as Detective Vikram Mahajan, Natalie Martinez as Detective Ariana Sanchez and Erin Cummings as Dr. Abbey Ward.

TV show supportGuest starring in “Blackout” are Vadim Imperioli as Bobby (“Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day”), Megan Dodds as Jess Harkins, Tommy Flanagan as Albert Stram, Carl Lumbly as Vincent Lawrence, Tessa Thompson as Lauren Washington, Troy Winbush as Deputy Chief Johnson, Clifford McGhee as Tyrell Hayes and Jason Wells as Wendell/personnel director.

“Blackout” was written by Jason Richman and directed by Kevin Hooks.

“Detroit 1-8-7″ is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

This episode of “Detroit 1-8-7″ will be available on the day after airing on the network for users to watch online. For more information on “Detroit 1-8-7″ please visit

What do you think? Why do you think this TV series didn’t catch on? What worked? What didn’t?

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  1. Luke says

    I’m sure it will be replaced with more reality crap! I love Detroit 187. It gives a real look at a city trying to make a comeback. Amazing characters, well written, great stories. If it is not given a second season due to ratings I will be very uppset as will many others. But its all about money not quality and idiots would rather see second rate celebs in rehab or embarising themseleve on the dance floor

  2. Joe Streb says

    If this show is canceled it will confirm everything that is wrong with network TV. This is the only show we watch, I wish there were more like it. Great story, great characters. At least Dancing with the stars is still on (gag) Maybe if it was on more than two weeks in a row, it would of done better

  3. TERI says

    It’s Tuesday and we’retrying to find where this show went, but see there’s problems. That’s very disappointing as we really enjoy the show, and look forward watching it. We hope they bring it back!!

  4. Dianne Schuh says

    This is a smart show that is well written with great character development. People just don’t know about this show. Instead of canceling the show, hire a new person to market it properly. This is quality TV and there is an audience for it. Be patient, and give it another chance.

  5. michele says

    It so figures that the network would cancel a show this good and keep all the nonsensical BS shows in place. You know the ones where I invariably tell my husband who the killer is in the firs 10 minutes!!! Kudos for airing it but thumbs down to canceling this wonderful breath of fresh air, excellent writing and acting.

  6. MARK FINNEY says

    The poor ratings for this show are really hard to figure out. This is one of the best shows on tv. Great cast, great stories and filming is very good. I guess many people enjoy “reality” shows. Hope ABC WILL BRING IT BACK.

  7. stephanie barreda says

    Detroit 187 was an excellent show! I think the characters got better and better each week. I’ve mentioned the show to lots of my friends who had never heard of it. Is it possible that the show was not promoted widely enough??

  8. Janice says

    Please!!! Bring back Detroit 187! The writing, the acting is above all the rest! Michael Imperioli is truly an outstanding actor. Loved the way he used eye contact/facial expression between other actors/actresses. Actually, the whole cast is superb! Never one to watch much television, I became hooked every week waiting to see what new drama would be solved.

  9. says

    I thoroughly enjoyed Detroit 187; it was gritty, realistic, I connected with the characters. It was the only show I made sure I tuned in to – I can’t believe they are thinking about not continuing it, PLEASE give it one more season – it will find it’s fanbase and will catch on. Imperioli is riveting and the supporting cast up to par.

  10. Jeff Nahas says

    Bring this show back, I truly miss it. I cannot believe all the other crap on TV that I refuse to watch. I understand ratings are everything but you really never gave this program a chance breaking up the time slot.

  11. Toni says

    This show is so good…but the network won’t give it time to “grow.” Jeez, it’s only been on (and not continuously, I might add) for a few weeks. Oh, but we let other crap which will remain unnamed to go on and on for season after season. God forbid the viewer have to “wait” for resolutions, or to follow the evolution of a character, or (what a concept!) actually follow a plot. Cancelling this series will confirm for me why I don’t watch network TV.

  12. Jon says

    Great show. After you got to know the characters it was a can’t miss show. A lot of familiar actors in good roles. I f it gets the boot it surely will be missed.

  13. Lois and Dal Donovan says

    We were amazed that the ratings are so low. This series is as good or better than NYPD Blue. We are in our 80s and have seen about everything and are very particular about what we watch. I’m an English Major and appreciate the first rate writing. My wife agrees. The camera work is first rate. Since the old people like it, maybe somehow you need to target the younger audience. This usually means “make it sexier.” Every male in the world likes high heels and short skirts. But don’t go overboard. And we will try to buy the advertised products. Keep it if you can, please.
    Lois and Dal Donovan in Coshocton, Ohio

  14. Mari says

    I love this show and hope it comes back for another season. Very well written and very real in character portrayals. The show is one of those high quality shows that takes a while to find it’s niche. Please give it at least one more season.

  15. Bob D says

    I hope this wasn’t the end of the series. It was well written, had good character development, and was starting to build some interesting interplay between the characters. It was the only TV we watched on Tuesdays. I think it is just a little ahead of its time-try it again if the economy turns south again.

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