A couple months ago, we reported that the head of ABC expected Nashville to be renewed for a fifth season. However, there’s been a big change at the network so now there’s a distinct possibility that Nashville may be cancelled instead. Is it time?
The Nashville TV show continues to follow the lives and careers of country music superstars Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) and Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton). The rest of the cast includes Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Eric Close, Jonathan Jackson, Chris Carmack, Lennon Stella, Sam Palladio, Maisy Stella, Will Chase, and Oliver Hudson.
Currently in its fourth season, Nashville is down in the ratings once again. Compared to season three (which was also down), the show is down by 22% in the 18-49 demographic and down by 14% in viewers. It’s also one of ABC’s lowest rated dramatic series.
Back in January, ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee said that there was no plans to end Nashville. The catch is that Lee was later forced out of the network. He was fired in part because he had failed to develop successful new shows and had relied too much on older ones. Many of those have slowly lost viewers and become more expensive to produce.
Lee’s replacement, Channing Dungey, has been tasked with turning the network around and that will likely mean cleaning house. ABC recently announced several renewals for the 2016-17 season and Nashville was not among them.
I suspect that ABC may decide to renew the series for a fifth and final season of 13 episodes. Hopefully, if it is decided to end Nashville this spring, the show’s creators will have found a satisfying way to end the show.
But, what do you think? Is it time for Nashville to end? Should it be renewed for a fifth (and final) season?