Privileged: Essentially Cancelled or Will There Be Season Two?

PrivilegedTonight, the CW airs the season finale of Privileged. While some may have been hoping for a nice happy resolutions, the TV show is leaving plenty of cliffhangers. But, will the cast and crew be back with season two to answer them?

The story of Privileged begins as Yale-educated Megan Smith (JoAnna Garcia) starts working for cosmetics tycoon Laurel Limoges (Anne Archer). She’s hired as the live-in tutor for Laurel’s twin teenage granddaughters, Rose (Lucy Kate Hale) and Sage Baker (Ashley Newbrough). Megan’s ultimate goal is to make sure that the spoiled girls are accepted into a top university. Though the twins seem to have every advantage, it’s no easy task. Others in the cast include Allan Louis, Brian Hallisay, Kristina Apgar, Michael Cassidy, Rizwan Manji, Alice Greczyn, Stacy Barnhisel, Melissa Ordway, Ignacio Serricchio, David Giuntoli, John Allen Nelson, Dave Franco, Ally Matsumura, David Monahan, Sharon Lawrence, Andrew J. West, and Steven Culp.

Despite positive reviews and plenty of buzz, Privileged debuted on September 9, 2008 to 2.64 million viewers and a 1.2/3 rating/share of the 18-49 demographic. Those numbers were nothing to get excited about, even by CW standards, and the demo numbers were particularly disappointing based on the show’s projected audience. The ratings dipped a little in week two but then fell significantly to just 1.81 million and a 0.8/2 for episode three.

While the network has made multiple attempts to boost the show’s audience by giving it more exposure, rerunning episodes in various timeslot, most viewers just don’t seem to be particularly interested. Last month, Privileged hit a series low of 1.12 million viewers and a 0.5/1. That’s less than half of its premiere numbers and a loss of over 40% of its 90210 lead-in audience. Looking at the whole season, Privileged has averaged less than two million viewers each week.

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With numbers like these, it looks almost certain that Megan and the Bakers won’t be back for season two. The network has fewer hours to fill than the three big networks, just renewed six other series, and has several promising new shows to choose from for the fall — including a Gossip Girl spinoff and the Melrose Place revival.

Executive producer Rina Mimoun knew the odds going in to the season finale but didn’t want to throw in the towel. She told the Boston Herald, “I refuse to go down. I did not want to wrap this puppy up because wrapping it up is signing your death sentence. So, hopefully, we’ll build some momentum… We definitely want to keep the audience on their feet and wanting more.”

The finale will certainly leave viewers wanting more but the ongoing problem is that there just aren’t enough of them. Will Mimoun’s gamble pay off or just leave viewers hanging forever?

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  1. Anna says

    I’m dying to see more. They always cancel the good show. At least tell us what happens cause I hate being left hanging.

  2. faz says

    I AM SO ANGRY RIGHT NOW……………… CW just cancels series without an ending, could they just add an extra episode to give us some kind of ending, BRING PRIVILEGED BACK FOR SEASON 2 , GIVE THE FANS SOME CLOSURE!!!! What kind of network starts something and doesnt finish it,i think Privileged was a different series, it was like breath of fresh air from the same stuff u see all the time on tv.

  3. Anonymous says

    ******* CW first you cancel Secret Circle and now this (or maybe the other way around) Im never watching any of your series again, abc is way better!

  4. renee says

    I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY JUST LEFT IT HERE. The finale ended massively and defenitely made all viewers crave for more. and then they just stop?! it’s unfair. there probably wasn’t as much advertising for privileged as for gossip girl. *cries*

  5. Anonymous says

    this sucks biggggg !!!! can’t believe you left us hanging !! this last episode was great,can’t believe Megan slept with that guy.. poor Will

  6. Malin says

    So sad the show got cancelled! I was actually watching season 1 a second time because I thought there would be a seson 2. Sadly I did discover that there is no second season and that sucks! I love this show :(

  7. Dani says

    I cant believe they cancelled it, I ran down stairs today on my first day off in a few days to watch it, and was sitting through gilmore girls when I realized it wasn’t coming on! what the hell! :( Its such a dissappointment!

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