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. tv_connoisseur says

    It’s very disappointing to hear ABC may be canceling Detroit 187. It was a ray of hope for the possible rebirth of truly engaging television. I actually never watch ABC and it was purely due to the lack of anything else on Tuesday evenings that leading me to Detroit 187. This show is so finely cast and well written. This show is raw, simple, real and not overly and unnecessarily dramaticized. I am so sick of the US cop drama formula.

    I am honestly astonished, although, I’m not sure why–the major networks seem to live for mind numbing crap. Admittedly, I mostly watch reruns on Netflix rather than any of the overly formulized swill presently on television.

  2. Cheryl says

    Don’t cancel this show. so much better than that stupid Dana Delaney, I just want to punch her every time she shows up on screen with that stupid attitude.
    Detroit is gritty but very heartfelt. People have had a lot of trouble in Michigan and this show shows some comeback attitudes. I loved it and will be very sorry it is being replaced by some of that idiot reality stuff.

  3. LOVEDETROIT187 says

    Agree with all comments. The best show on TV, so of course it will be cancelled. Get some of these, dumb-you-down, reality shows off the TV and then maybe viewers will come back to network TV. Detroit 1-8-7 has great writing, great actors and shows life in Detroit, warts and all. (I’m from Detroit and love watching all the landmarks). I’m not above begging, please bring it back!

  4. Uncle Junior says

    I’m really disgusted about this, and I KNEW this would happen. (I thought) this was a great show! Yet another screwup by ABC with their scheduling! Their “Fall Finale’s” totally screw everything up year after year. Few months of a new series, then off for the comes back mid, late Jan. Ratings drop! Meanwhile they already introduce new mid season shows, and flip flop the days of Detroit 187. This happened with “Life On Mars” and “Flash Forward” – but GOD forbid we can’t go without 2 seasons per year of “Dancing with the Has-Been’s” or “The Bachelor/Bachelorette” and they are not the only network to blame by the way (Fox is pretty bad) I honestly can’t watch much of the network shows anymore, 90%+ is simply awful! Then the few I really get into seems to get cancelled.

  5. Dr. John Hair says

    I do not trust the rating system. I was not asked my opinion-who was asked ? Everytime
    a serious minority action program hits TV the white media programers take it off. As long as the program is buffoonish it has a chance to survive. When will America accept
    all of Her culture ? Today, TV is mostly programming garbage. The demographics are
    changing, whether you like it or not.

  6. Natalie says

    Love this show I really hope they come back for another season wonderful show please give it another chance.

  7. vicki says

    my husband and i both enjoy this program..have not missed an episode…great cast and writers .. i hope they don,t cancel it….

  8. Diane says

    I love this show! I have totally enjoyed getting to know the characters! I am so invested in the characters! All of them! And, of course, Fitch! He’s my heartthrob!!!!!

    • Dotty says

      I really enjoyed this program. Sure hope they don’t cancel it. Its one of the few programs I really like

  9. Fred says

    Best damn sitcom on ABC. What a bunch of idiots at ABC. What angered me most was that they were always prempting the broadcast with either some stupid speech by Obama or that stupid broadcast of Charlie Sheen.


    i have watched every episode. the show has a lot of real insite of whats happening in thw world. plus it has plots the keep you interested. get rid of some of the reality shows. thier are too many on tv. i like thw show and hope it runs again next season.

  11. says

    Nobody watched MASH or Seinfeld their first seasons, either. This is an outstanding show that could develop into a really big hit, but network execs seem to have an increasingly short attention span and very poor taste. Other than Dancing With the Stars & Castle, I don’t watch another ABC show. Maybe TBS will buy it.

  12. crystal says

    Love this show.. cancelled WTF. Everyone is right it comes on a bad time and day. I have to watch it on It is a great show, it takes time for viewers to get to know the characters and the purpose of the show. Give it another shot there is so much great stuff they could write about. PLEASE don’t cancel. Its so much better than all of these stupid reality shows. What happened to television, a few reality are good but come on some of the shows. Crazy. Just dont cancel the show i was really looking forward to watching more.

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