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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  1. Anonymous says

    At least make it available on line to watch. The show was just beginning to pickup. It doesn’t make sense how a show can be canceled after only 3 episodes, especially when the show is debuting in the middle of summer. DVR’s are a great thing…we can have our few and far between warm summer evenings and watch our shows when the weather isn’t suitable for outdoor play. MEH ! Very disappointed !

  2. sue says

    I love this show, I watched it by accident and got hooked please do a second series on DVD if you have to, I must know how it ends….from UK…..

  3. Colin Fitton says

    Really into this show, must see the 2nd series, hope I can, I love it, when when when is it shown……

  4. Lamar Bailey says

    Is there a site, network,internet connection or other that I can comtinue to watch this really good series? I will pay for a subscription if need be. Thanks

  5. says

    I totally love this show. I started watching it on hulu. I didnt know that it was cancelled and that there isnt a season 2. What a big bummer. I wish I could see canadian TV so i could continue to watch it

  6. James West says

    I loved The Bridge. I think it was a great show. I don’t think they let it stay on long enough. Once you start watching the show you get hooked. Bring The Bridge back please!!!!!

  7. dawnann gaudaur says

    I loved watching the tv show. I told all my friends to watch it but about that time they canceled the show. They should really put it back on they would get more people watching.

  8. yves says

    The Bridge was created by CTV and can be viewed on I really liked it and have seen the whole 13 episodes and they have left me wanting to know what happens next.
    In December, CTV announced they “could not bring all of the necessary elements together to create a successful second season” and have cancelled the show. We will be seeing more of Aaron Douglas in CTV content, they have hinted towards a police drug squad driven series.

  9. Apple says

    Loved the show “The Bridge”. We keep looking for it and can’t see that it is on anywhere now other than reruns.

  10. nthralled says

    The longer I watched the show the more I got hooked. It grew increasingly complex yet remains realistic and gritty. In my opinion it is easily as good as Bluebloods and probably better even if there is not as much character ‘likability’ as that of Tom Selleck, Moynihan and Wahlberg.

    I find that Bluebloods is improving also.

  11. Laurie says

    I’m glad that I live in canada, so when it starts again I’ll get. The USA stations don’t like to take a chance unless rating are high. seasons greating

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