The body count grows. The Murder in the First TV show has been cancelled after three seasons on TNT. Steven Bochco’s procedural drama series, starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson, just wrapped its third season in September.
The Murder in the First TV series cast also includes: Corey Reynolds, Michael Gaston, Sara Paxton, Raphael Sbarge, Lombardo Boyar, Ian Anthony Dale, Currie Graham, and Mimi Kirkland. Bochco, for his part, is working on a reboot of LA Law.
The Hollywood Reporter cites a ratings decline as the reason TNT chose to cancel Murder in the First. Here is more, from THR:
The decision hardly comes as a surprise for the cop drama starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson and co-created by Bochco and Eric Lodal. The series wrapped its three-season run Sept. 4 with just more than 1 million viewers — down considerably from its series debut of 3 million-plus.
The determination to cancel the drama, produced in-house, comes as TNT topper Kevin Reilly has been looking to refocus the cabler toward edgier fare. Gone is veteran Rizzoli & Isles and in its place are series like Michele Dockery entry Good Behavior and the adaptation of Animal Kingdom.
We have been tracking the ratings for Murder in the First, season three, and our numbers jibe with THR‘s analysis. The third season of Murder in the First averaged 0.23 in the 18-49 year old viewer demographic, and drew an average total audience of 1.367 million viewers.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Murder in the First TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on TNT?