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The Bridge: CBS TV Show Cancelled; What About Season Two?

The BridgeThis news doesn’t come as a surprise. CBS has pulled their new Saturday night drama, The Bridge, after just three episodes. Though it’s been cancelled in the US, the TV show will continue.

The Bridge follows Frank Leo (Aaron Douglas), a charismatic cop who’s voted unanimously to become the leader of the police union. He ends up fighting crime on the streets while also battling corruption on the force. The series features Douglas, Frank Cassini, Michael Murphy, Ona Grauer, Paul Popowich, and Theresa Joy.

The TV show debuted on Saturday, July 10th with two episodes. Per the overnights, the first episode attracted a tiny 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and just 2.98 million viewers. It was easily beaten by repeats of Cops and America’s Funniest Home Videos.

The second episode of The Bridge drew a 0.5 rating in the demo and viewership increased to a still meager 3.51 million. It was trounced by America’s Most Wanted but did beat a repeat of ABC’s struggling Scoundrels.

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Last Saturday night, the show’s ratings dropped even lower, to a 0.3 rating in the demo and 2.88 million viewers. It came in last place in the demo and third place in total viewers (beating NBC’s Persons Unknown).

The network has clearly not had any faith in the TV show from the beginning, airing it on the least-watched night of TV. The network has pulled it off the schedule with 10 unaired episodes left. Cancelled Cold Case reruns will take their place. CBS has made no indication that they plan to air the remaining Bridge installments at a later date or make them available online.

In Canada, it’s another story for The Bridge. CTV began airing the series in March and completed the season in May. The run was successful enough for CTV to order a second season for Canadian viewers.

TV show supportUnfortunately, unless another network decides to pick up the series, it doesn’t look like viewers in the United States will see the rest of season one or season two.

What do you think? Did you like The Bridge? Should it have been cancelled by CBS? Would you watch it on another channel or on DVD?


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Sue September 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I thought it was a great show. Shame on them for cancelling it. It is so much better than these stupid reality shows. Come on – give us what we want.


Carole September 12, 2010 at 11:39 am

Great show, should not be cancelled, would rather watch a new show than reruns of something already watched. The networks never give a new show enough airings to really catch on before they pull the plug.


Virginia September 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Are you nuts? The show was the best I ever saw and I am as picky as they come, I hardly ever watch tv at all! I was thinking I was missing it by being out for summer bbq’s too much and after all Saturday nights in the summer???? C’mon, no one even knew the show existed and then they take it off the air? Give it a chance, Saturday is great as long as it’s not the summer at 8PM. I LOVED the show and hope to hear they reconsidered and advertised it this time.


paul September 8, 2010 at 8:33 pm

What a great canadian show so glad CTV is smart enough to keep it…


Sarah September 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I loved the pilot and the first episode. The acting was fantastic, the story lines compelling, and the concept fresh and original. Perhaps if they’d marketed it and put it on a better night, it would have done better in the ratings. I’m VERY disappointed to see the program get cancelled and would definitely watch it on another network.


Barb August 29, 2010 at 4:42 am

Yes, it needs to come back. CBS is just being silly. They don’t even know how many people were watching it — no one ever asked me if I was watching it!


Anonymous August 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Of course no one was watching it during one of our most beautiful Summers in years! It was a great show — very surprised to find it on a Saturday night! We would watch it regularly during the week – BRING IT BACK! It’s better than most of the other reality crap on TV.


Brian August 28, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I thought the bridge was one of the better new dramas airing this summer and to cancell it after 3 short show during the least watch tv night of the summer is ridiculous to say the least. Obviously the show didn’t have much backing from the start by the powers that speak for all of us at cbs. I really enjoyed the show and hope they reconsider or atleast make it available online.


nadine August 27, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I think it was a terrific show – well written and good actors.


L Healey August 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm

My husband and I thought this was a very exciting show and are very disappointed it has been taken off air… Hopefully some other channel will see the potential this show has.


p qualls August 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm

yes, i liked it and would watch it on another channel.


Weston August 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm

This was a really good show. Not advertised well and the name was misleading. Bring it back with an appropriate name and ads to push it.


Terry Crawford August 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Bring it back…we stumbled upon it by accident and loved it…not much advertising beforehand for it.


Jim Redfield August 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm

This is a very good show and after watching the pilot, my wife and I were looking forward watching it again and again. We can not believe CBS would cancel this show. This is another example of a major network giving up a good show for cheaper reality TV. I guess we will have to pay more attention to other networks like TNT, AMC and others for good viewing. We voted to save JAG and it continued. LISTEN TO YOUR VIEWERS.


Sandy Wagner August 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm

My husband and I really enjoyed this show. There was no marketing for it and some people never heard of it. I think this was a great show, I wished we could get the Canadian station. Great acting and good stories. Bring it back.


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