Mercy: Will the NBC TV Show Be Cancelled or Return for Season Two?

MercyIn July, production on NBC’s Parenthood was delayed due to Maura Tierney becoming ill. She eventually had to drop out of the project and Lauren Graham stepped in.

Because of the backstage issues, NBC delayed Parenthood’s Fall premiere and replaced it with a series that was scheduled for midseason, Mercy. Some wondered if having two new medical series might cause one to suffer. It turns out, Mercy and Trauma are both in critical condition.

Mercy follows the lives of three very different nurses at Mercy Hospital in Jersey City. The cast includes Taylor Schilling, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Michelle Trachtenberg, James Tupper, Diego Klattenhoff, Guillermo Diaz, James LeGros, James Van Der Beek, and Delroy Lindo.

The series got off to a mediocre start on September 23, 2009. The premiere attracted a 2.3 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic and 8.25 million total viewers. That put the debut in fourth place for the demo and in second place for total viewers.

The second episode fell to a 2.1 rating and 7.35 million. The third installment dropped again to a 1.8 rating in the demo and 7.29 million viewers. Not good.

Though the show’s ratings could hardly be called strong, NBC gave Mercy a full season order in October. The rest of the network’s schedule was performing poorly and the order likely had most to do with the fact that NBC just needed original programming. It didn’t hurt that the series is a co-production of NBC’s corporate sister, Universal Media Studios.

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Meanwhile, Trauma struggled from the very beginning and NBC pulled the plug after 13 episodes. But then, based on the need for more programming, the network ordered seven more installments. That show returns on March 8th but is a big longshot for renewal.

While Mercy was initially the better performer, the show’s ratings have now reached Trauma-like levels. The most recent episode of Mercy hit a series low with a dismal 1.4 rating in the demo and just 5.86 million viewers.

NBC’s Primetime Entertainment President Angela Bromstad recently said that she still loves the drama creatively, but she also noted that the show’s ratings need to rise for it to survive. She made that statement before Mercy fell to its most recent low.

The network has commissioned 18 pilots for the 2010-11 season and Bromstad has acknowledged that they’ll have to essentially rebuild their schedule from scratch.

TV show supportWith the ratings as poor as they are, it’s highly likely that Mercy will be cancelled and won’t survive to see a second year.

What do you think? Would you be sorry to see Mercy cancelled? Is it worth watching? Is there a reason that more viewers aren’t tuning in?

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  1. Audra Panak says

    I also feel the same way. I want mercy to come back. I love it. I have serval people whom I’ve talked to about it and they think it sucks as well. Maybe it wasent properly advertised because I don’t ever remember seeing this show on TV. I watched it on hulu and couldn’t believe it ended there. And was surprised the show is that old. I think it’s really getting old that I start a tv show and it gets cancelled. It’s like everyone has ADD and can’t follow something through. Please bring it back. It will get watched!!!!

  2. Michelle DeCoster says

    I’m not sure where I was when this show came out but I watched the whole entire first season on hulu and it’s one of my most favorite shows next to ER another show you cancelled. Do you have any intentions on bringing this show Mercy or ER back. According to reviews I am not the only one that would like to see this happen.

  3. Jeenamaria says

    Omg I love Mercy! I just found it on Hulu,I never knew about it! I watch the whole season in a couple nights ,I was STUCK n couldn’t stop watching! I am SO SAD it never came back on n I NEED to see what happens to Chris and Mike, do they die!? Did Chris make it to Iraq n get there BEFORE the bombing? Does mike make it from getting run over,if that’s what happened?!?! Omg plz I need it brought back! I think if more people knew about it ,then the viewer ratings would be off the charts ! ESP to those fellow medical field professionals and ones in training like myself! Please let us fans know whats needed to bring this beautiful drama back please,I love the character Veronica and the actress herself so very much as well as the rest of the cast! They all work so well on screen together it’s really an awesome show with great n fabulous chemistry !

  4. Terri says

    I love Mercy they have to bring it back it’s one of the best medical drama’s on TV! I’m a nurse and in my fifties maybe they should have more of my generation rate these shows. I’m sick of the reality tv thats all thats on now days. I now watch TNT and USA.

  5. secret says

    My boyfriend and i jus found this show and we love it. We are both nurses and find it very interrsting. We are hoping it comes back on TV.

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