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Harry’s Law: Cancelled; No Season Three

no season three of Harrys LawCase closed. Court is dismissed. Harry’s Law has been cancelled by NBC after two seasons and 34 episodes.

Harry’s Law revolves around Harriet Korn, a no-nonsense attorney who will take on just about any case as long as she believes in a person’s innocence. Over the course of two seasons, the cast has also included Nate Corddry, Karen Olivo, Justine Lupe, Mark Valley, Christopher McDonald, Brittany Snow, and Aml Ameen.

The show debuted in January 2011 to a 2.2 in the 18-49 demographic with 11.07 million viewers. It was a mediocre demo rating but total viewership was impressive and when you’re NBC, that’s better than nothing. The ratings dwindled downward pretty quickly and the show ended the season with a 1.4 demo rating and 7.75 million.

The series was on the bubble for cancellation but NBC brought it back for a second season. For season two, the show underwent some cast changes, no doubt in hopes of improving the ratings. It didn’t work.

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This season, Harry’s Law has averaged a meager 1.1 rating in the desirable demographic and 7.89 million viewers.

On our NBC Ratings Report Card, which measures the relative success of shows on the network, Harry’s Law has a “D+” grade and is one of the lowest-rated shows on NBC.

While it’s the second most-watched show on the network, advertisers want to advertise on shows that attract a younger demographic and so the networks must cater to them.

Sadly, the peacock network has cancelled Harry’s Law this time around and the series finale will air next Sunday night. Hopefully the show won’t end on a cliffhanger, making it all the harder for fans to say goodbye.

What do you think? Are you sorry to see Harry’s Law go? Which season did you like better? What would you have liked to see happen in season three?

 

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Patrick Hubbard June 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I am appalled at NBC’s decision. As an actor I found Harry’s Law to be a true quality product. I’ve talked with many, many people and have yet to hear a negative comment. I think the problem is not with the show but is with the marketing/producing factors. You are using old standby approaches and are relying on antique rating services. Time to review and cancel. There’s a much different audiance out there.

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Cat June 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Harry’s Law was a show I looked forward to every week. Finally a show with great actors, current story lines and characters I could care about. You say not enough people were watching?? What were they watching another REALITY show? Please leave a show for those of us who cannot stomach the “reality shows” full of fake drama and embaraassing topics that they feel must be shared with millions of people.

Harry’s Law should be kept on your TV schedule.

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Peter Tan June 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Come on NBC, bring it on Harry’s Law Season 3.

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LB June 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Cancelling Harry’s Law is just wrong. It is a great show that deals with current happenings.
I don’t know anyone who hasn’t liked the show.
Bring it back.

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jay June 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I just want to add my name to all the complaints regarding the cancellation of Harry’s Law. I don’t think NBC’s reason for cancelling is demographic…I think it’s political. The subjects dealt with on the shows were timely and truthful. Scared ya NBC?? This is an election year, afterall. You don’t cancel a popular and lucrative show because teeny boppers aren’t in the audience. Hey Fox Network – your time to shine by picking up Harry’s Law!

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Mark June 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

Harry’s Law is a great show. Fire the NBC idiots, not the show.

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Lorine June 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm

What the hey??!?!?!? Why do they always cancel the really good shows? My husband and I love Harry’s Law! I don’t understand why the shows that make people think about current happenings, and possibly make a difference in the way they think are cancelled! Boston legal was one of our favorites also. The writer’s as far as we are concerned have a winning combination, in both the actors and the scripts! I think the network is making a mistake in cancelling this show! I personally hate all the crap that caters to the younger generation. These reality shows suck in my opinion!

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Glenna speed June 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm

It seems to me you need to clean house at the executive level instead of canceling one of your highest ranking shows. Do you really like being at the bottom of the ratings? The show is thought provoking about current issues and the theme of each show is always well presented. What are you thinking? Obviously the decision makers are not thinking or considering your audience. Of course, Jay has more ammunition for the tonight show.

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Ssally Stickley June 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I was shocked to find that my favorite show was cancelled due to the reasons given, not being geared for the youth. Look around …. most of the world is not 21 and a lot of us do not enjoy the reality shows that people are pitted against each other in unimportant contests . I loved the characters on this show and especially Kathy Bates as Harry. I cried at the last episode when she was singing the soulful song to her ex husband and he sang it back to her at the end. You can’t get that kind of emotion from every show we watch. Maybe it is time that the networks hire some more mature individuals that appreciate insightful, thoughtful scripts rather than the stuff that has been presented to us recently. Ask yourselves we many of us watch the other stations like PBS, TNT and USA more often ?

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AZGrammy5 June 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm

How can you cancel a show just because the heroine is not “youthful”. Love this show. What will take it’s place, some juvenile comedy……with wise ass children. Harry’s Law is a breath of fresh air……Come on cable networks someone pick it up. I don’t watch NBC much. Especially not for news. So now not for my favorite show either.

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michael Milton June 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Please TNT or Another network save this show.

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michael Milton June 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm

another show canceld even though it is one of the highest rated shows on a network just because not enough younger people like it. Stupid reason.

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Foster June 1, 2012 at 5:15 am

NBC already got a kick in the teeth for trying to give The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno to Conan. Stupid move…I have never missed an episode and neither have any of my friends.
I haven’t laughed like that in a lawyer based show before, its Hilarious…The friendships and relationships between each character in their own ways, is what made this show, in my opinion, a complete hit, and the humor is wild and crazy…that’s a big part of it. I agree with both Cait and AD, they are all nuts and should be fired. Get rid of the stupid reality shows and leave good shows like Harry’s Law alone.

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Cait June 1, 2012 at 4:20 am

Are you insane NBC?!?!?
This one of the best shows & you go to cancel it to cater to some more reality shows? Well here’s a reality check: this show was loved by many including my mom & I.. It made you think and focus on so many different issues.. Where’s the fun in watching something that doesn’t make you take a second look & think for yourself? I also found it interesting how at the very end of the show Kathy Bates says, “If we get the chance, I’d love to do this again next year.” Did anyone else catch that? now if that isn’t a hint in itself, I don’t know what is..

You’re unbelievable NBC- i’d take a second look & think this decision thru again if I were you..

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C.L.LYON June 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

SHAME ON YOU!!! WHAT A GREAT AND DIFFERENT SHOW!! HALF THE TIME IT WASN’T SHOWN IN ITS TIME SLOT. GREAT CAST AND OF COURSE KATHY BATES WAS TERRIFIC, WITH A GREAT SUPPORTING GROUP. THIS APPEALS TO A GREAT RANGE OF VIEWERS. SOME OF YOUR SHOWS CAN’T HOLD A CANDLE TO IT. I HOPE ANOTHER NETWORK PICKS IT UP. PLEASE
RECONSIDER YOUR CANCELLATION OF THIS VERY WELL DONE SHOW.

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AD May 31, 2012 at 11:09 pm

So they cancel the network’s 2nd most watched show ’cause it doesn’t fit the “demographic”? No wonder network TV is in the toilet. Fire the lot of them.

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