The Cape: NBC Cuts Episode Order; Cancellation Next?

The CapeThe peacock network has decided to cut their season order of The Cape from 13 to 10 episodes. Production of the TV series will shut down this week, the latest sign that the show will be cancelled.

The Cape follows Vince Faraday (David Lyons), an honest cop who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family (Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott) and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken their home city, Vince becomes “The Cape” — a vigilante and his son’s favorite comic book superhero. Others in the cast include James Frain, Keith David, Summer Glau, Dorian Missick, Martin Klebba, and Vinnie Jones.

The series has been a disappointment for NBC in the ratings and Monday’s numbers were the worst so far. The TV series debuted on January 9th with a special two-hour event that attracted a decent 2.6 in the 18-49 demographic and 8.45 million total viewers. Eight days later, episode three of The Cape dropped a huge 30% in the demo, to a 1.8 rating and 6.22 million. Episode four’s ratings fell another 11% to a 1.6 demo rating and 5.84 million viewers. Monday’s hit a new low with a 1.5 and 5.343 million.

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The show currently averages a 1.9 in the demo and 6.46 million viewers. After just five episodes, it’s become one of the lowest-rated scripted series on the network, tying with Chuck.

TV show supportFor months, NBC has had The Event slated to return to the Mondays at 9pm timeslot on February 28th. When that happens, only eight episodes of The Cape will have aired. Word is that the network is considering delaying The Event for another week to finish off The Cape’s season. If that doesn’t happen, it seems unlikely that NBC will find a place to air the leftover pair of episodes.

It’s even more unlikely that The Cape will be renewed for a second season or end with any kind of resolution.

What do you think? Is The Cape doomed to be cancelled? What could have been done differently? Is it better than The Event?

UPDATE: NBC has delayed the return of The Event by one week. Episodes nine and 10 of The Cape are expected to air on February 28th, finishing the season.

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  1. Miriam says

    You guys do this all the time, everytime i like a program you cancel it, did you ever consider maybe there were other popular shows airing the same time and maybe consider moving it to another time, usually around January you have American Idol which i love but will not miss an episode, doesnt mean i dont like the other shows just a preference, sometimes there may be two shows that i love, i dont have tivo or a dvr so i have to chose, you guys get on my nerves. you dont know a good show when you have one, sometimes it takes people a little time to warm up to a show especially if its different than anything they have seen before. For once, give a show time two months is not enough time to determine if its a good show or not. Now everytime you bring out a good show ill have to wonder if i should get hooked on it in fear that you’ll cut it also. And ditto “IDIOTS”

  2. Justice says

    What a stupid choice! The Cape was awesome! Every time I get into a really good show it gets cancelled like “The Hard Times of RJ Berger”. It’s not always about the money guys.

  3. the brick says

    This was one of the coolest shows I’ve seen in a long time. It definately has the potential to go on for a long time. I didn’t even know it was on tv, an obvious lack of GOOD advertisement. I found it on Netflix, which is where I’ll have to stay watching shows if they keep cancelling prematurely. Who actually makes tv ratings anyway? Maybe they’re the problem. I think networks need better couch potatoes to rate them.

  4. amanda says

    I loved the cape . it was something different . i liked it a lot .. please bring it back . maybe add more drama to it . it was a lot better then some of the new shows that came out ,,,

  5. Evan Clements says

    It’s no wonder folks are turning to cable networks for good TV. The traditional networks are COWARDS. I guess it’s the bottom line that’s most on their minds with more and more cheap to produce reality show garbage. The Cape is a fantastic show in a long line of good shows canceled by the networks for other junk shows they put on. I hope one of the cable networks pick this up. Move production to Canada and let them show Hollywood how it’s done. So Sad.

  6. DJ says

    The cape and the event where both not my cup of tea,but i can understand why people liked it and now a days they cancels shows quiker then normal,its like the only can make tv for the masses and no longer have the balls to keep diffrent shows with a steady group of followers on the air,i where a fan of human target and lie to me and those where shot down aswell.
    Its starting to act like hollywood that only pumps out brainless movies for the popcorn audiences and also dont have the guts to make intelligent and good movies for movie lovers like me.

  7. says

    I like the show . I felt that it had the same concept as other superheros ” with a twist “. but i did like the different angle they took. I just dont believe that almost every superhero has to be known by the enemy. Thats where i sort of lost interest. If you want a new hero with interest. Heres one that i have, and i also published two books. It’s about a man named Vincent who was given a power before birth. His best friend tells him he is different from everyone else. Quiet before the storm and his grandmothers gift he realizes his eternal destiny. If you would like more details please email me at

  8. says

    I really cant believe your not even going to show the ending for the people who do like the cape!!!! i get sick and tired of good shows being put on tv and then getting cancelled !! IE reaper!! what is wrong with you people!! im not going to watch anything now until its completed and out on dvd!! massive disappointment!!!

  9. Jami Hunter says

    cancelling this show!? well what if another fails? cancel that one too? this just makes me not want to watch another tv series until its on dvd and has gone the full season(not cutting the episodes!!!!!) i get way into tv shows and this one didnt even end good!!!!!!!!! it didnt rap up anything!! WTfreak. pissed.

  10. Mr Hertz says

    A lesson to be learned and remembered….


    if you wanna make money, go on that. novelties are for rockstars or celebrities who can wear a rag and people will ever see gold.

    everybody claims for new things, but deep inside theres only room for “more of the same.”

  11. Amanda A says

    The cape was, no IS a great show and should be continued! I loved it and I don’t know what idiots were at the polls those days but COME ON! It is an awesome and original show and needs to go into another season or two (if they cut it off at that last episode i will die DX) Those people at NBC have no common sense….

  12. sandianna green says

    cancelling a show like this is cowardly. this is the kind of show that inspires people to be better people and with time would be a classic… risks need to be taken – life is not all about the polls! do what is right for a change and maybe we can change the world.

  13. Earl says

    I like the Cape. Maybe putting the show on another night might boost the ratings. I really don’t like the Event and would rather watch news or re-runs or even turn off the T.V..

  14. Evan says

    When I saw this I literally cried! This was the best show Ive ever seen and the cancell it! Idiots at NBC…

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