Franklin & Bash: Cancel or Renew for Season Four?

Franklin and Bash: cancel or season fourTonight marks the end of the road for Franklin & Bash on TNT — at least for the moment. The legal dramedy hasn’t been renewed for a fourth season yet. Should it be brought back or, should the cable channel cancel it instead?

Franklin & Bash follows two streetwise attorneys (Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) who’ve been hired by the eccentric managing partner (Malcolm McDowell) of a prestigious law firm to help breathe new life into the struggling company. Others in the cast include Dana Davis, Kumail Nanjiani, Reed Diamond, and Heather Locklear.

Season three of the show kicked off in June and the two-hour episode drew just 1.97 million viewers — a series low. Viewership improved as the weeks wore on but Franklin & Bash is still down significantly year-to-year.

It’s currently averaging 2.11 million viewers, a decline of 27% when compared to last year (2.88 million). What’s more, of the cable channel’s summer dramas, Franklin & Bash is easily the lowest-rated. Rizzoli & Isles (5.66 million), Major Crimes (4.87), Falling Skies (3.53) Perception (3.49), and King & Maxwell (3.11) all pull in much better numbers.

Based on the ratings, it seems very likely that TNT will cancel Franklin & Bash after tonight’s installment.

If the ratings are any indication, perhaps many viewers have lost interest? Clearly the addition of Heather Locklear to the cast didn’t draw many (or any) new viewers to the show.

But, what do you think? Is it time for Franklin & Bash to go? Is the show still worth watching? Should TNT cancel or renew the series for a fourth season?

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  1. Anonymous says

    TNT: Stop embarassing yourself and cancel F&B ASAP. Astonishingly bad ‘miss-the-mark’ comedy unless target audience is <10 year olds!

  2. Belinda Evans says

    I love franklin and bash, but the inconsistency of the show returning every season could be why viewers are down, I have to keep looking out for it and searching on the web. Bring the show back!!!!!

  3. Gwenda Adkins says

    I really liked Franklin and Bash. The merry mixture of banter and drama was totally enjoyable. HOWEVER, when the first episode of last season had the boys and Locklear on Piers Morgan’s show where he routinely berated everything that patriotic Americans hold dear and calling anyone who disagreed with him got Piers’s arrogant retort, “You’re a special kind of stupid, aren’t you?” Then back at the law office, the three were praising Piers and talking about how great Piers is. That brought down the hammer on every nail in F&B’s coffin as far as I am concerned. I have not watch it since.

  4. Ron G says

    I agree,about Heather locklear. I thought the show was EXTREMLEY entertaining.
    I had been wondering why I hadn’t seen a new schedule yet.
    The cast the way it was was working just fine. They were sharp whitty and spontaneously funny.
    I sat can rissolli and isles. Or just separate them in a way where one doesn’t steel the thunder from the other.
    Look if a show like royal pains can make it on your competitions network , surely you can find a slot for Franklin and Bash. It would be a shame to see it get canned.
    After all it did last three seasons. You just need to find the right spot for it.
    Get rid of Heather, it started to drop off after adding her, don’t mess with a sure thing , you’ll see.

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