Heroes: Is Tonight’s Episode the Season or Series Finale?

HeroesTonight, NBC concludes the fourth season of NBC’s Heroes (preview footage below). The series was a breakout hit for the network a few years back but has severely dwindled in the ratings. Will it be cancelled and will fans be left hanging?

Heroes follows the lives of a group of ordinary people who discover that they have special powers and the ways that it affects their lives. The current season’s cast includes Adrian Pasdar, Ali Larter, Cristine Rose, Greg Grunberg, Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, James Kyson Lee, Masi Oka, Milo Ventimiglia, Robert Knepper, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Zachary Quinto.

Though this season’s viewership was far below what it once was, Heroes looked to be safe from cancellation late last year. The numbers weren’t good but, thankfully for fans, most of the rest of the network’s schedule was doing worse, particularly in the all-important 18-49 demographic.

Unfortunately, Heroes’ ratings have continued to decline. In recent weeks, the 18-49 demos have fallen to new lows. The worst was a 1.8/5 rating/share. That’s a terrible performance, even by current NBC standards.

Will Heroes get a proper ending?

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Ultimately, the NBC execs will have to decide whether to renew, based on the show’s earlier performance, or cancel, based on the most recent ratings. It doesn’t help Heroes’ chances for survival that the peacock network is looking at as many as 18 new shows to help fill their 2010-11 schedule.

As expected, tonight’s episode of Heroes will end on a cliffhanger. Coleman recently told EOnline, “This season finale sort of breaks things open to, like a Brave New World. It feels like a season finale. I think the show deserves a series finale, even if it were a two-hour movie movie-of-the-week. Something, just something. I think that it should be wrapped up. Because when you have a series like ours, with all ‘middles,’ I think it deserves an end.”

If the show is cancelled, don’t look for the resolution to come in the near future. When asked about the possibility of filming a contingency ending, Anglea Bromstad, NBC’s president of primetime, told reporters in January that production had already finished for the season.

TV show supportAs fans of other cancelled NBC shows (Las Vegas, Knight Rider, Bionic Woman, and My Own Worst Enemy, for example) know, the peacock network doesn’t have a good track record for wrapping up their shows.

What do you think? If NBC cancels Heroes, will they film some kind of resolution or will they leave us hanging yet again?

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  1. Carrie Lew says

    Please wrap it up. Give us an ending we can live with. I am so upset the way it was left. This can’t be all there is.

  2. Sookie says

    They should be ashamed of themselves, a different time slot should of been looked at an given a chance, they don’t know again this is a show that i recorded when unable to watch. NEVER missed one show since DAY ONE. Where I live at and attend college thats one of the most talked about show HEROES. So now they’re leave it up in the air ….. dummies

  3. mark says

    I am tired of studios ending series without properly ending the stories. It makes it very hard for me to invest the time in a new show wondering if the story will be concluded. Because of that I tend to get on a show only after it gets moving and has a huge fan following. Philippine studios don’t just cancel the series and drop the story. If they want to cut short a series, they resolve the story.

      • Demented says

        I agree also.
        I wish there was a way Studios could force the Networks into a Contract, Mandating that they show at least a FULL season and that they be allowed a proper conclusion. So many shows are getting the axe lately after just a few episodes.
        Is there a network competition to see who can dump the most shows?
        I’d almost rather wait a year or two and just buy a good show on DVD.
        Networks also need to keep in mind that there are a lot of reasons for less viewers these days. With On Demand, DVD’s and Online Episodes, of course the numbers are going to be lower. Also it takes time for a show to gain in popularity. Some of the all time best shows didn’t take off ’till around the second or third season. If they don’t have enough faith in a show to last, then they shouldn’t purchase it to begin with. If they do purchase a show, then they should have to “ride it out”.

  4. mike says

    I’ve watched every Heroes episode. Now its time for it to end, but end well. The focus has been lost. No more “save the cheerleader, save the world”. No more Sklar as the clear villain. I like Hiro the most, and Peter the least. I think the conclusion should tie most of the loose ends and perhaps remove their powers. Make the conclusion logical and consistent with the thrust of the series. Don’t have it die the way 4400 did.

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