169 Ending or Cancelled TV Shows for the 2012-13 Season

2012-13 Cancelled ending TV series Latest additions: Oh Sit! (The CW), Capture (The CW), The American Baking Competition (CBS), Perfect Score (The CW), Secret Millionaire (ABC), Whodunnit? (ABC), Does Someone Have to Go? (FOX), Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls (NBC), The Million Second Quiz (NBC), Siberia (NBC), The Winner Is (NBC), Underemployed (MTV), Stevie TV (VH1), Family Tree (HBO) Tia & Tamera (E!), Necessary Roughness (USA), The Jeselnik Offensive (Comedy Central), The Client List (Lifetime), Figure It Out (Nickelodeon), The Cleveland Show (FOX), Hoarders (A&E), Army Wives (Lifetime), King & Maxwell (TNT), and Copper (BBC America).

The networks will keep cancelling TV shows just as surely as they’ll keep introducing new ones. Below is the list of TV series that will or have ended during the 2012-13 season. In short, they won’t be back for 2013-14.

This list will be updated as the season progresses so feel free to bookmark and check back.

If you believe a show has been cancelled and don’t see it here, you can check the 2011-12 and 2010-11 lists.

Update: You can now check out the 2013-14 list!

30 Rock (NBC)
Season seven is the end for Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and Liz Lemon (Tina Fey).

666 Park Avenue (ABC)
The horror series got off to a slow start and the ratings kept dropping. There are only 13 episodes.

1600 Penn (NBC)
There won’t be any second term for this Josh Gad sitcom. It’s ended after 13 low-rated episodes.

90210 (The CW)
The ratings have really dropped this season so the network has pulled the plug after five years and 114 episodes.

Alphas (Syfy)
The show’s ratings took a big dip in season two so it’s been canned after 24 episodes.

America’s Best Dance Crew (MTV)
Produced by Randy Jackson, the reality competition ran for seven seasons before being cancelled by MTV.

America’s Most Wanted (FOX, LIfetime)
After 23 seasons, FOX dropped the crime-stopping show. It was picked up for two seasons on Lifetime but they’ve now dropped it as well.

The American Baking Competition (CBS)
This competition series didn’t really “cook” in the ratings so the network decided it was “done” after one season and seven episodes.

American Chopper (Discovery)
The reality series was cancelled once, was revived, and has now been dropped again. Will it be revived for a second time?

American Guns (Discovery)
The reality series was cancelled following the tragic shootings in Newtown. There won’t be a third season.

Anderson Live (syndicated)
The daytime talk show won’t be returning for a third season. The show will continue to air through Summer 2013.

Animal Practice (NBC)
It turns out that even little monkeys can be fired.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel)
The cable channel has announced that the 18 episodes of season eight will be the show’s last.

Army Wives (Lifetime)
After seven seasons, the military drama has come to a close.

Attack of the Show! (G4)
On the air since 2005, this technology and pop culture series was cancelled due to G4 rebranding itself as “a more upscale, sophisticated guy TV space.”

Bachelor Pad (ABC)
Series creator Mike Fleiss has said the show won’t be back this summer.

Beavis and Butt-head (MTV)
After several years away, Mike Judge resurrected his animated duo. The last episodes aired in December 2011 and there hasn’t been any word about him making any more.

Being Human (BBC America)
The UK supernatural series is ending with season five which has six episodes. The Syfy version will continue.

Ben and Kate (FOX)
The network pulled the low-rated sitcom from the schedule, leaving six unaired episodes.

Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (NBC)
The TV icon will be seen on TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland but won’t be back on the peacock network any time soon. UPDATE: Lifetime picked up the series for season three in 2014.

The Big C (Showtime)
The cable channel renewed the series for a fourth and final season. Four hour episodes will wrap the show.

Big Time Rush (Nickelodeon)
The show has ended after four seasons but the band has teased that it could return some day.

Body of Proof (ABC)
After two low-rated seasons, producers tried to spice things up in season three. It didn’t help and ABC has decided to call it quits.

Bomb Girls (ReelzChannel)
The show has been cancelled in Canada but will wrap up with a two-hour movie.

The Borgias (Showtime)
The cable channel has cancelled the beautiful but low-rated historical drama after three short seasons.

Boss (Starz)
The cable channel has dropped the Kelsey Grammer series after two seasons and 18 episodes. There won’t be a third season but the may make a movie to wrap things up.

BrandX with Russell Brand (FX)
The comedy series is over but the cable channel is interested in doing a Curb Your Enthusiasm kind of show with Brand.

Breaking Bad (AMC)
Walter and Jesse have been given their walking papers. Who will survive to see the end? The final eight episodes will air during Summer 2013.

Breaking Pointe (The CW)
The network has cancelled their docu-series about a Salt Lake City dance company after two low-rated seasons.

Bridezillas (WE tv)
The original reality series finishes after a 10 season run but the cable channel has produced a spin-off, Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas.

Brooklyn DA (CBS)
CBS won’t be bringing the low-rated documentary series back for another round. It’s done.

Buckwild (MTV)
Following the death of one of the show’s stars, the cable channel has decided to cancel the show.

Bunheads (ABC Family)
The Sutton Foster series debuted to solid ratings but they declined over the course of the season. Other shows are performing better for the cable channel so this one isn’t coming back.

Burn Notice (USA Network)
The cable channel has announced that season seven is the end of the series.

Camp (NBC)
NBC has decided against going back to summer camp next year.

Capture (The CW)
Seemingly inspired by the success of The Hunger Games, this outdoors competition lasted one season of 10 episodes.

The Catalina (The CW)
Another reality show, this program ran for six episodes during the summer of 2012. Not many viewers noticed.

The Choice (FOX)
Hosted by Cat Deeley, this dating show tried to find mates for eligible celebrities. The show never found much ratings love.

The Cleveland Show (FOX)
The network has maintained that the show hasn’t been cancelled but it’s clear that it’s not coming back for the 2013-14 season. At least for now, the show has ended.

The Client List (Lifetime)
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lifetime and producers supposedly couldn’t come to agreement about who should be the father of Hewitt’s character’s baby so they decided to pull the plug on the show instead.

Common Law (USA Network)
The bickering cops have solved their last case together. The Friday night series was cancelled due to low ratings. A crime?

Copper (BBC America)
The story ends after 23 episodes and the assasination of President Lincoln.

After nine seasons and 197 episodes, Gary Sinise and company are done.

Cult (The CW)
The thriller series debuted to low ratings and was then sent to Friday nights. It did much worse there and the network pulled and cancelled the show.

Deception (NBC)
The Revenge-like series started okay in the ratings but quickly fell. The numbers just couldn’t justify a second season.

Dexter (Showtime)
It was announced that the show’s eighth season will be its last. The series finale is expected to air in September 2013.

Dirty Jobs (Discovery)
The Mike Rowe series has been on the air since 2003 but they won’t be making any more episodes.

Do No Harm (NBC)
Following the worst premiere in major broadcast network history, the peacock dropped this drama. Only two episodes had aired.

Dogs in the City (CBS)
The Justin Silver and his canine pals won’t be back on the network this summer.

Does Someone Have to Go? (FOX)
A workplace reality show, it lasted six episodes before being fired by the network.

Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 (ABC)
The network pulled the sitcom after poor ratings in season two, leaving eight leftover episodes. The stars confirmed the show’s cancellation.

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)
The cable channel decided to drop the series after four seasons on the air. UPDATE: Lifetime decided to un-cancel the series.

Duets (ABC)
With Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Robin Thicke, and Jennifer Nettles as mentors, this singing competition aired during the summer of 2012. It won’t be back.

Emily Owens, MD (The CW)
The smallest network has decided they won’t be producing any more episodes of the low-rated drama.

Enlightened (HBO)
The cable channel has opted not to order a third season of their low-rated dramedy.

The Fades (BBC America)
The series aired for six episodes on BBC America here in the States. It originated in the UK where the decision was made not to create a second season.

Family Tools (ABC)
Two low-rated episodes was all the alphabet network needed to know that they didn’t need this sitcom on the 2013-14 schedule.

Fairly Legal (USA Network)
Despite making some changes after the first season, the ratings just wouldn’t go up. It’s now been cancelled after 23 episodes.

Family Tree (HBO)
There won’t be a second season for this documentary-style comedy.

Fashion Star (NBC)
The peacock network has decided against ordering a third season of the low-rated competition series.

Figure It Out (Nickelodeon)
Host Jeff Sutphen says that there won’t be any additional episodes. The revived series lasted two seasons.

Final Witness (ABC)
The network has decided not to bring this low-rated true crime series back for a second season.

Flashpoint (ION)
This Canadian series started airing on CBS and then moved to ION. The producers announced that the show would end after five seasons and 75 total epiosdes.

Friend Me (CBS)
Following the death of co-creator Alan Kirschenbaum, the network decided to permanently shelve this sitcom. None of the produced episodes aired.

Fringe (FOX)
Never a big ratings success, this cult-favorite series said goodbye with a fifth season of 13 episodes.

Futurama (Comedy Central)
The animated series has been cancelled again, this time by Comedy Central. The seventh and final season will conclude in September 2013.

Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls (NBC)
This survival reality show wasn’t a success but NBC made a celebrity survival show with Grylls the following summer.

The Glades (A&E)
After four seasons, detective Jim Longworth is out of a job.

The Glass House (ABC)
CBS sued ABC because they felt that this was a knock-off of their long-running Big Brother series. They ultimately dropped the suit because Glass House was such a ratings failure. ABC dropped the show for the same reason.

The Glee Project (Oxygen)
The cable channel has decided to drop the reality competition after two seasons.

Go On (NBC)
The peacock network has decided against making a second season of the Matthew Perry sitcom.

Golden Boy (CBS)
This show drew mediocre ratings at the start but they started to perk up mid-season. Unfortunately they dropped back down again and CBS has now cancelled the series.

The Goodwin Games (FOX)
The network cut this show’s episode order and then delayed the premiere until the end of the season. Did it ever have a chance?

Gossip Girl (The CW)
The smallest network renewed the drama for a sixth and final season.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series (Cartoon Network)
The adventures of Hal Jordan have been cut short — after two story arcs and 26 episodes.

Guys with Kids (NBC)
The young dads will have more time to spend with their families. The show’s been cancelled.

Happily Divorced (TV Land)
There won’t be a third season for Fran Drescher and company.

Happy Endings (ABC)
This little sitcom established a small but faithful following in the first two seasons. For whatever reason, many stopped watching in season three.

Hoarders (A&E)
The cable channel has called it quits after six seasons. The last episode aired in February 2013.

The Hour (BBC America)
Revolving around the production of a current affairs program in the 1950s, this UK series lasted two seasons and 12 episodes.

How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life (ABC)
This sitcom with a very long name didn’t attract enough viewers to be renewed for a second season.

Incredible Crew (Cartoon Network)
The young sketch comedy series won’t see a second season.

Intervention (A&E)
The cable channel has ended the series after eight years and 13 seasons.

Judge Joe Brown (syndication)
After 15 years, the court show is ending over a contract dispute.

In Living Color (FOX)
The network had plans to reboot the sketch comedy series but later decided against it.

iCarly (Nickelodeon)
One of the most popular shows on cable television, iCarly ended with a special in November 2012.

The Inbetweeners (MTV)
Though the original has been a big hit in the UK, the US version didn’t catch on with many viewers. There won’t be a second season.

Inside Men (BBC America)
Following the events leading up to an armed robbery, this UK drama ran for just four episodes. It’s been confirmed that there won’t be any more.

The Jeff Probst Show (syndicated)
Stations had signed up for two years of the talk show but it never caught on with a large audience so it’s been cut. The tribe has spoken.

Jersey Shore (MTV)
The cable channel has decided to pull the plug on the very successful reality series after six seasons.

The Jeselnik Offensive (Comedy Central)
Two seasons produced 18 episodes and the host has revealed that there won’t be any more.

The Job (CBS)
After two very low-rated airings, the network pulled the competition off the air. CBS may get around to airing the six leftover episodes but they surely won’t be making any more.

Kathy (Bravo)
The late-night talk show has been cancelled after two seasons. Rest assured, Kathy Griffin will return to television soon.

King & Maxwell (TNT)
The cable channel has cancelled the Jon Tenney – Rebecca Romijn series after one season of 10 episodes.

The LA Complex (The CW)
Bell Media in Canada decided to drop the drama and The CW followed suit here in the states. There are just 19 episodes and two seasons.

Last Resort (ABC)
The action drama got off to a poor start and the ratings got worse as the season progressed. ABC won’t order any episodes beyond the initial 13.

Leverage (TNT)
The cable channel decided to end the story about a group of modern Robin Hoods. Thankfully, the cast and crew were able to film a true series finale.

Life’s Too Short (HBO)
The comedy has ended after just seven episodes but the cable channel aired a wrap up special.

The Looney Tunes Show (Cartoon Network)
The latest incarnation of Bugs, Daffy and the gang has come to a close after two seasons and 52 episodes. The characters will surely be back in some other venue soon.

Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings (E!)
After just a few months and a dozen episodes, this talk show has been pulled.

The Lying Game (ABC Family)
The cable channel has decided they don’t want to order a third season. The drama ran for two seasons and 30 episodes.

Made in Jersey (CBS)
Not surprisingly, CBS has dumped the low-rated Friday night drama after just two episodes. Petition link.

Magic City (Starz)
The cable channel decided to end the low-rated drama after two seasons and 16 episodes.

Malibu Country (ABC)
Reba McEntire’s first sitcom ran for years but this one just didn’t catch on.

Marvin Marvin (Nickelodeon)
The alien teen’s time on Earth is over. Lucas Cruikshank is no longer working with the cable channel.

Merlin (Syfy)
The BBC announced that the show is ending after five seasons and 65 episodes. The series finale is expected to air on Syfy in March.

The Million Second Quiz (NBC)
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, this game show ran over the course of 11 days and it was evident very quickly that it would be cancelled.

The Mob Doctor (FOX)
The network isn’t ordering any more episodes of the low-rated drama.

Mob Wives Chicago (VH1)
The cable channel decided not to order a second season of the docu-series.

Mobbed (FOX)
Hosted by Howie Mandel, this hidden-camera flash-mob series ran for 11 episodes over the course of two seasons.

Monday Mornings (TNT)
The medical drama never caught on with a large audience so TNT opted not to order a second season.

Necessary Roughness (USA)
USA decided that three seasons was enough for sports therapist Dr. Dani Santino.

The New Normal (NBC)
A comedy about a gay couple and their new family started out strong but the ratings declined quickly without strong lead-in support. Thankfully the storylines were wrapped up in the last episode.

Next Caller (NBC)
Dane Cook and the network had disagreements and NBC ultimately opted to cancel the show before it aired.

The Next List (CNN)
The half hour program aired on Saturday afternoons and focused on people trying to change the world. Not enough people were interested.

The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep (The CW)
Mentors like Gloria Estefan, Joe Jonas, John Rich, and Nelly weren’t enough to get many viewers watching this singing competition.

The Office (NBC)
The peacock network’s highest-rated scripted series is finished with the ninth season.

Oh Sit! (The CW)
A comedy improv show, this one lasted two seasons and 20 episodes. The last aired in July 2013.

Partners (CBS)
The comedy’s ratings would have been welcomed on other networks but they weren’t good enough for CBS.

Perfect Score (The CW)
This dating series lasted 12 episodes and ended in September 2013.

Political Animals (USA)
It was billed as a limited series but if the Sigourney Weaver show performed well enough, it would have become a regular series. It didn’t so there won’t be a second season.

Private Practice (ABC)
The ratings have been dropping for awhile and Kate Walsh announced she was leaving so there won’t be a seventh season.

Ready for Love (NBC)
The peacock network decided to dump the dating series after three episodes.

Red Widow (ABC)
This Sunday night drama got off to a poor start and the ratings went down from there. It’s been cancelled.

Retired at 35 (TV Land)
The cable channel dropped the low-rated sitcom after two seasons and 20 episodes.

The Ricki Lake Show (syndicated)
The daytime talk show won’t be returning for a second season.

Rock Center with Brian Williams (NBC)
This low-rated news show has been shown the door after two low-rated seasons.

Rules of Engagement (CBS)
After seven seasons and 100 episodes (and nearly as many timeslots), this sitcom has been put to rest.

Save Me (NBC)
The network held this sitcom until very late in the season and it drew very low ratings. It won’t be back.

Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated (Cartoon Network)
The latest Scooby TV series is ending after two seasons and 52 episodes.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family)
The fifth season of the cable drama is its last. The final episodes started airing in March 2013.

Secret Millionaire (ABC)
This reality show ran for one short season on FOX in 2008 before being cancelled. ABC picked it up in 2011 and it ran for two seasons before the alphabet network dropped it too.

The Shadow Line (DirecTV)
This detective series originated in the UK and ran for seven episodes in 2011. They all ran on DirecTV and there aren’t any more.

Shake It Up (Disney Channel)
The cable channel has decided to stop producing this series after three seasons and 78 episodes.

Shameless (Channel 4 in UK)
Season 11 of the original Shameless series (not the US version that airs on Showtime) is the last season.

Siberia (NBC)
This scripted horror series that looked like a reality show didn’t attract enough viewers to make a second season.

Skins (Channel 4 in UK)
It’s been announced that the series will end with season seven. It will be broadcast in early 2013.

Smash (NBC)
A musical drama, Smash started out strong but lost a lot of steam in its first season. NBC renewed it but a lot of viewers didn’t return to watch season two.

Southland (TNT)
NBC cancelled the series after one season and now TNT has dropped it after five.

Spartacus (Starz)
Season three is the end of the warrior’s tale.

Stars Earn Stripes (NBC)
Lots of people rallied to see it cancelled. Low ratings likely had more to do with the cancellation than the protests.

Stevie TV (VH1)
The parody TV show has ended after two seasons. The last episode aired July 12, 2013.

Supah Ninjas (Nickelodeon)
After two seasons, the action series ended on a cliffhanger.

Surprise with Jenny McCarthy (NBC)
The network announced this new reality show for 2012-13 but later cancelled their plans. Only the pilot was produced.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network)
Lucasfilm has announced that they are ending the animated series and postponing plans for Star Wars Detours, a new series.

Take Me Out (FOX)
George Lopez hosted this dating game show that ran during the summer of 2012. The ratings were not good so it won’t be back.

Tia & Tamera (E!)
Twin sisters Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housely are keeping busy with other projects but won’t be returning for a fourth season of this reality show.

Troupe Stars: (ABC)
The singing competition for military personnel was going to start airing in June 2013 but has been dropped instead.

Touch (FOX)
Viewers seem to like Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer better. Not enough people watched Touch.

Ugly Americans (Comedy Central)
The animated series won’t be back for a third season on Comedy Central.

Underemployed (MTV)
This workplace comedy didn’t catch on with viewers and faded away after 12 episodes.

Up All Night (NBC)
After low ratings and backstage drama, NBC decided to just pull the plug.

Vegas (CBS)
This looked like a big hit last summer but never lived up to ratings expectations. It’s done.

Victorious (Nickelodeon)
Many Nickelodeon shows have ended with 60 episodes and this one is no exception. The final 15 episodes will air during the 2012-13 season.

Wedding Band (TBS)
The Brian Austin Green comedy series was scrapped after 10 episodes.

Wendell & Vinnie (Nickelodeon)
Nickelodeon has decided not to bring the sitcom back for a second season.

What Not to Wear (TLC)
The cable channel has announced that the 10th season of 26 episodes will be the show’s last.

What Would Ryan Lochte Do? (E!)
He may be a great swimmer but he’s not great fodder for a reality show.

The White Queen (Starz)
There’s just one season of 10 episodes for the historical drama.

Whitney (NBC)
NBC has dropped the sitcom after two seasons and 38 episodes.

Whodunnit? (ABC)
A murder mystery series, this show ran for nine episodes during the summer of 2013.

The Winner Is (NBC)
Hosted by Nick Lachey, this reality series lasted one season of seven episodes.

Witness (HBO)
The docu-series which follows photojournalists won’t be back for a second season, at least in the forseeable future.

X-Play (G4)
A TV show about video games that includes reviews and comedy skits, X-Play was cancelled due to the cable channel deciding to go in a new brand direction.

Young Justice (Cartoon Network)
The series lasted two seasons and 46 episodes. It’s being replaced by Teen Titans Go!.

Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous (MTV)
The low-rated comedy was moved to 11pm and was then cancelled. Poor Zach can’t catch a break.

Zero Hour (ABC)
The network pulled the Anthony Edwards drama after three very low-rated episodes.

What do you think? Are you surprised or disappointed that any of these shows won’t be back for 2013-14?

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  1. Shelly says

    I think even if I don’t like a show or someone else doesn’t it shouldn’t just be cancelled in the blink of an eye. Almost all my favorite shows have been cancelled over the years. Just because shows get “low” ratings doesn’t mean people don’t like them; most people- like me watch their shows online. They should start counting people’s online views too. 666 park avenue was one of my favorites. I never watched it at first because of the creepy name; but it was awesome. R.I.P 666 park avenue & all my other dead favorite shows. :( I hope they do show the last 4 episodes this summer, since it had to be cut short for some stupid reason.

  2. westie says

    Two of my favorites gone – Alphas and Common Law. Was looking forward to them coming back this summer , oh well. SyFy has def gone the way of wrestling and reality. Time for a new go to channel.

  3. Patti says

    I DVR all the new shows I think I’d be interested in and don’t bother watching them until am pretty sure they won’t be cancelled. If they are cancelled or will be cancelled I delete that show and any recorded episodes from the DVR, doing it this way am not disappoint with the cancellations, saves me lots of anguish.

  4. Anonymous says

    what needs to be canceled

    ABC – The Bachelor, Dancing With The Stars, Suburgatory, Shark Tank, Grey’s Anatomy
    CBS – The Amazing Race, Survivor, CSI, Two And A Half Men
    NBC – The Voice, Go On, Whitney, Guys With Kids, Up All Night, Parks And Recreation
    FOX – American Idol, The X Factor, Touch, New Girl, Mindy Project
    CW – Beauty And The Beast, Nikita, America’s Next Top Model

    • Bilmster says

      Quite an exercise in futility you have there.

      Perhaps expanding the channels you watch, focus more on the shows you do like, or turning off the box and going for a walk would provide a more positive outlook in life.

  5. paul says

    hopefully they don’t cancel walking dead. our favorite show ever. how the hell do they figure out who’s watching what. all I know they keep canceling the shows I watch. cancel more of the reality shows. specially dance and singing, whats tv coming too.

    • Patti says

      I think you’re safe Paul, I don’t watch Walking Dead but know lots of folks who do and feel the same way you do. It’s a lot cheaper to do reality shows that’s why there are so many. I believe reality shows are starting to feel a slow death coming on and most will be gone in the next 12 to 18 months (fingers crossed)!

  6. Carrie, 18 says

    Merlin!!!!!!!!!!!! Common Law!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No wonder why I watch Netflix more than I do regular programming, I hate how shows aren’t given time to develop. Why can’t SyFy go back to its origin days and pick up shows that other networks dropped again? I haven’t fallen in love with a new television drama since LOST.

    On a more positive note I’m glad only the BBC version of Being Human is being canceled I never really liked their version whereas I am a devoted fan of the American one on SyFy.

  7. micco says

    what’d!!!!!!! YOUNG JUSTICE is being cancel for teen titans go??? they better go hide.
    RICKY LAKE is being cancel again??? damn show was better than her first show. hell why not JENNY JONES show bring her back.

  8. Eva G. says

    On TV series cancellations of the recent years.
    I was a big TV fan, now, not so much.
    You’d think the networks would get a hint that the more they cut new series short and don’t leave them enough time for people to really get into the story and adopt the characters, the more people people will just decide not to invest any more time into new series because they are doomed to be cancelled before or at the moment the plot really gets interesting, so why bother.Not all cancelled shows were bed or even so-so. A lot were great but simply didn’t have the right timing, time slot or sufficient duration to get known.
    The ratings don’t even take into account the use of DVRs, Tivo, iPhones and others similar as Hulu in the States, or even ratings out of the States like in Canada where we watch them just as much. So what is their relevance in these decisions?
    Also, good thing older series got the luxury of time, that’s why they are still around (NCIS both versions, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order all versions except the original that lasted forever and could have gone on, etc). They work because people got to know them, they are part of family tradition – listening to them. But when they are retired, it’s one more void added to the rest, and it keeps widening.
    Like I wrote, I used to be a big TV fan, now, not so much. I’m gradually finding more and more other hobbies than TV due to this fact. There’s nothing more frustrating than to get into a situation presented and get to understand the characters, only to see them yanked out just as it gels together. Networks don’t even have the decency to let them do a correct ending – result: time wasted, audiences feel less and less respected by the networks (ex. Journeyman (I’m still so angry), 666 Park Avenue, Defying Gravity (doomed by the network from the start), Flashforward, Ringer, Gifted Man, The Philanthropist, now Alphas, plus many more older ones, even the Mob Doctor had started to grow on me).
    And if they only stopped pitting the best series against each other in the same time slots, killing good ones and keeping lemons elsewhere in time simply because they have no competition. Heck, try anything on Wednesday nights, it’s now wide open as far as I’m concerned since they moved Person of Interest to Thursdays.
    Enough reality, unfunny “comedies”, and song and dance; enough lawyers, gory violence with police and doctors, and mostly enough vampires! Stop cutting dramas for lack of special effects! Really?! Stop cutting real sci-fi shows because they cost more than others, especially compared to reality shows: deh! At least, socially, they get people thinking,they show creativity for a change. A little imagination, dare have people think, imagine as Lennon said, be creative and show better timing strategy (accept that a show is a hit and put your best ones elsewhere!), this plus supporting them with a lot more patience, give them a chance (remember Star Trek???): that’s the key people!
    BEWARE: slowly but surely, and increasingly faster, we are unavoidably moving directly towards a great big TV void where you will have next to no more loyal fans and, since this is what counts for network people, no more sponsors. What’s left: infomercial shows and chains where people who like to be seen in reality TV will be selling their clips. Nothing else… In other words, 24/7 paid advertizing hell. Think about it.

    • Bilmster says

      Ratings do add DVR viewing (live+7) and Internet views are kept track of. Not a perfect system, but not irrelevant either. You say older series got the luxury of time… Of course they did, and they also premiered in the same week as other shows that got canceled quickly as well, so don’t kid yourself that quick cancellations is anything new.
      Glad to see a shout out to Journeyman, but that was really the poster child victim on the WGA strike and not really a good example of what you were trying to argue. The other shows you mentioned, I am not a fan of at all including Mob Doctor, 666, and Person of Interest (watched most of the first season, love the actor, too watered down and formulaic, was hoping for more serialization). Just realize that your opinion on shows is not the final say, even the “family tradition” shows you list as successes are not my cup of tea.
      Star Trek was more of a syndication example and again, not really a fair example, as first run syndication became a model of the franchise success.
      You talk of a TV void, I really disagree as I think we’re in an amazing phase of television, just not necessarily only network TV. AMC, FX, Showtime, HBO, even Netflix are all making some mind blowing shows in addition to some gems on networks. And as far as channel loyalty, I doubt that it exists as people will search out the best show regardless of what channel it’s on. And timeslot competition is not as bad in the DVR era as nearly everyone has 2-4 tuners per TV.
      All the best with the other hobbies, don’t let TV dictate your quality of life.

  9. Topaz says

    yes I was surprised at some of them. I could not believe how many good shows are coming to an end! Do they ever stop to think that some of these shows are really liked but put on people’s DVR’s so they can watch another show? Half of the ones that I liked are like that. Sad to see them go.

  10. says

    I was already a bit annoyed by the sudden skip in time and how we remained there in Young Justice, starts to get pretty good and now I learn it’s getting booted off by Teen Titans who alrealy had their time. What the heck? That’s right Cartoon Network loose me as your fan.

  11. Pissed off says

    Frag Cartoon Network. They have two good shows and are cancelling them because all they want is Money!!! If they kept on a regular schedule the ratings would be better.

  12. Anonymous says

    I think NBC made the same mistake with Do No Harm as they did with Playboy, I think they both would’ve succeded if they would have gone against less popular shows when first airing. Get us hooked before making us choose. I wouldn’t have been able to see if I didn’t have on demand, since I was alway hooked on scandal & elementry. I don’t remember what Playboy was up against, but I remeber it being same story. I remember discussing same @ a large
    gathering. both shows had good actors, I think they would have been hits.
    I liked Mob Doctor but I think FOX did the same mistake as NBC above.
    I also thought made in jersey was better than some shows cbs has on the air, but they played 1 or 2 episodes on fridays, they stoppped airing, then I found out it was back on Saturdays.
    I think Emily owens , MD would have done better if beginning episodes were more like the recent, the first few were too slow, but show did get me intrested eventually.

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