It doesn’t take a brilliant mind to have seen this coming. Today, it was revealed that CBS had officially cancelled Pure Genius after one season.
The drama follows top medical professionals as they team up with cutting-edge tech experts and try to push the boundaries of modern medicine to save lives. The cast includes Augustus Prew, Dermot Mulroney, Odette Annable, Reshma Shetty, Aaron Jennings, Ward Horton, and Brenda Song.
Early on, CBS decided not to order more episodes of Pure Genius, suggesting the show was headed for cancellation. Over the course of its first season, the series earned pretty low ratings, averaging a 0.86 in the 18-49 demo and only 5.34 million viewers.
Recently, star Augustus Prew said he thinks the show didn’t work because it underwent an identity crisis:
But if I’m being honest, I think we got caught between two different shows. I think CBS wanted something a little more procedural, and [executive producer] Jason [Katims, of Friday Night Lights/Parenthood fame] wanted something a little more character-driven.”
What do you think? Did you see Pure Genius? Do you think CBS should’ve renewed it for a second season?