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Necessary Roughness: Cancelled by USA, No Season Four

Necessary Roughness - Season 3There won’t be a fourth season of Necessary Roughness. USA Network has cancelled the sports drama reports Deadline.

A network statement reads, “We are proud of this show and its writers, which had a unique ability to address topical subjects before they unfolded in real life on the sports pages… We want to thank Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, the incredible cast led by Golden Globe nominee Callie Thorne and our partners at Sony Television.”

The first season of Necessary Roughness drew an average of 4.18 million viewers but season two dropped to 2.5 million.

Despite the drop, USA renewed it for a shortened third season, adding John Stamos and other new series regulars. The additions didn’t seem to make much of a difference with season three averaging 2.45 million.

The defacto series finale aired on August 21st.

What do you think? Do you like Necessary Roughness? Are you sorry that the show won’t be returning for a fourth season?

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Annette Vineyard January 29, 2015 at 10:25 pm

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS SHOW!?!? How can this be a good business decision for you?!?!? This show presented an entertaining insight into sports, was educational, and extremely entertaining. Your Management Decision Makers should RETHINK THIS!!!


Mary Ann November 26, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Just bring it back. More than 2 million people watched it and enjoyed it. It’s different and exciting. The writers did a fantastic job. Just bring it back, please. Thank you!


Syler Murray November 20, 2014 at 11:12 pm

We as viewers have limited choices. Endless police and hospital
dramas or sit coms directed to a six grade education level. You finally created
a wonderfully unique and entertaining program that targeted both sexes and
you blew it. I personally, had to search for the start of the second season. If I
Hadn’t left it in my dvr I would have missed it. Very poor marketing for an outstanding
Show!! Wish you’d bring it back.
Ps. Why would you think Stamos would be such
a draw The original cast was killer. Perhaps guest stars
With real football players would have been more productive as
Well as keeping with the original football theme.


Renee October 21, 2014 at 3:20 am

Ughhhhh!!! I can’t belive this show got cancelled!!! To be replaced by yet another “reality” show?!?!? Reallllyyy??? I was anxiously awaiting to see the Nico story line unfold—things were getting juicy!! Now we are in forever limbo. THANKS USA Network execs!!! Not!


Patty October 1, 2014 at 1:50 am

I agree with Chris. Do you loyal viewers not matter? I loved the show and couldn’t wait for it to come back. How disappointing that you cancelled it.


chris September 22, 2014 at 6:32 am

Why on earth did you cancel this show? Because you were not getting 4 million viewers? So that makes the 2.5 million viewers unimportant? We dont count? Really, how sad is that. You have a show that is loved by over 2.5 MILLION people….come on….bring it back. It was a great cast, the interactions were beautiful to watch. Really said to see this gone…..


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