Do No Harm: Cancelled by NBC After Two Episodes

Do No Harm canceledTo absolutely no surprise, NBC has cancelled Do No Harm, their new Thursday night drama. The network has pulled it from the schedule already, leaving 10 episodes unaired.

Do No Harm revolves around Jason Cole, a neurosurgeon with an unusual dilemma. Every night at 8:25pm, he becomes someone else — an alternate and evil version of himself who goes by the name Ian Price. Jason has managed to keep his alter ego from appearing, thanks to medication. Unfortunately, the serum stops working suddenly and Ian appears, more dangerous than ever.

The TV show features the talents of Steven Pasquale, Alana de la Garza, Ruta Gedmintas, Phylicia Rashad, Mousa Kraish, Michael Esper, John Carroll Lynch, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Samm Levine.

The series premiered last week to just a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.12 million total viewers. Those were incredibly bad numbers.

How bad? It’s the lowest demo rating for a scripted series premiere in television history among the four major broadcast networks.

Since the pilot was released online a couple weeks before the television airing, might more people tune in for episode two? Nope. The second installment saw the ratings drop even further — to a 0.7 rating with 2.21 million viewers.

NBC has wasted no time in cancelling Do No Harm and reruns of Law & Order: SVU will fill the timeslot for the immediate future.

Production of the 12 episodes of Do No Harm was completed last month so this leaves 10 episodes unaired. There’s no word on when or if NBC will release them.

What do you think? Did you like Do No Harm? Why do you think so few people gave it a chance? What did you like about it?

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  1. says

    WE LIVED this show,great plot& outstanding cast!!
    What is wrong with you ppl?!?!!?!?& FYI.. I DVR everything mostly bc I HATE commercials
    So yup I agree that the rating system sucks!!

  2. Barbara says

    I like this show. It really upsets me when they dont give shows a chance. Do no harm and Save me should be brought back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Conroy says

    Just finished watching the series finale (episode 12 ) in South Africa. What an incredible , thrilling show!! So sad Americans couldn’t see what they produced themselves and really sad that it has become custom to cancel such great shows so early due to ratings.

  4. Loren says

    NBC chose the airing time the 1st time in a bad slot and a bad day of the week.. i love this show and so do others. their rating system is crap. they need to give it a full season to see if the show will continue or end. as a fellow fan i was annoyed and still are for NBC pulling a great show. shame on you NBC

  5. Lisa says

    Great show!! NBC and other networks are using outdated rating system to determine what shows to keep and to cancel. Wake up and get with the times. Nobody watches shows at their original time slots anymore! DVR, Hulu, Netflix, network websites……..Hello!! We watch shows at the viewer’s convenience now!!!! Most everyone I know will wait and watch a whole season at once on a “rainy day”. Two shows does not a whole season make. You cancelled this show WAY too early!!!! Especially with the great cast this show provided to the viewers. NBC you really need to fire whoever cancelled this show and replace them with someone who understands all the media options available to viewers in today’s world ——2013 NOT 1983!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Mike Singer says

    This show had so much potential. They should have moved it to a different time slot to see if it would catch on. Networks are too quick to cancel shows these days. If Cheers were to debut today it probably would have been cancelled. Ratings were very poor in its first year.

  7. Cougar says

    WHAT CANCELLED! I’m getting so sick of how quickly some of these really fresh and interesting tv shows get cancelled. “Do No Harm” was similar to the dual personality show “My Own Worst Enemy” with “Christian Slater” which was good but also got cancelled very quickly. Most previous tv shows on every channel were of the same genre and spin-offs boring as hell. Hopefully, Grimm, Deception and Revenge will not get cancelled at all, but they really need to cancel “Hannibal” (slow, confusing n crappy). Surely Parents will think its too bloody and get it cancelled or moved to cable like Dexter (a great show)- Sadly I can’t afford cable. Plus, what happen to the show “Dateline”?

  8. christy says

    Cancelled after just 2 episodes……..UGH!!!! That is like baiting and teasing and not even switching to something better….SVU RERUNS….as if. Sucks!!!!!

  9. Jason says

    I Loved it, but after reading this article I do think it was a horrible idea to release a pilot online before the television appearance? Second, NBC has a terrible habit of over previewing all its shows. As if I already don’t trust NBC to produce good shows. But cancelling after two episodes? Think someone is listening to the wrong PR rep?

  10. Graeme says

    I thought the show was great – my daughter and I watched it the other day (we live in Malaysia, so managed to watch it through the internet) and we really enjoyed it – is there anyway we can get the 10 unaired episodes to watch ??

    We still can’t understand why it was cancelled !!

  11. Lynda VanDerKooi says

    Don’t understand why they don’t give show a chance. They have these shows now with ongoing story lines, and just when you get into them, bam there gone. Feel like I can’t watch any continuing show anymore !!!

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