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The Defenders: CBS TV Show Cancelled, No Season Two

The Defenders canceled season twoPete Kaczmarek and Nick Morelli consistently get themselves and their clients out of some pretty big jams. Unfortunately, there’s one that they can’t escape. Their TV series, The Defenders, has been cancelled by CBS after one season.

The Defenders follows a pair of Las Vegas lawyers who will do just about anything for their Sin City clients. They often take on cases no one else will touch and try to keep their sanity while doing it. The TV show stars Jerry O’Connell, Jim Belushi, Jurnee Smollett, Tanya Fischer, and Gillian Vigman.

The TV series got off to a decent start with a 2.9 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic and 12.17 million viewers. In weeks two and three, those numbers started to tumble however with the demo falling 14% and then another 12% in weeks two and three. Airing on Wednesday nights, the ratings kept falling and hit a low of a 1.5 in the demo and 6.8 million.

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Because The Defenders was already registering poor numbers, CBS decided to try it on Friday nights, an evening with fewer viewers. If most fans followed and the show could sustain the Wednesday numbers, CBS would likely have been satisfied.

That didn’t happen and the remaining six installments fell even lower, hitting a 1.1 in the demo. That was a much worse performance than the timeslot’s previous occupant, already-cancelled Medium.

TV show supportWhile The Defenders was supposedly still in contention for a second season until recently, most knew it was a long shot at best.

Word is that CBS has now cancelled The Defenders. All 18 produced episodes have aired. The series finale ran on March 11th.

What do you think? Are you sorry that there won’t be a second season for The Defenders?

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Div May 7, 2013 at 10:08 am

one of the best shows….BRING IT BACK


varun April 22, 2013 at 5:58 am

i love the defenders … i’m looking forward to the second season … its one of the best tv shows


Mr. President February 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm

This sucks i love this show I just found it on netflix, how much would it cost to continue, I wonder?


Dana February 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I loved The Defenders!!!! I am totally bummed that it canceled!!


rol January 29, 2013 at 12:17 am

if it doesn’t fly in the midwest and south, it gets cancelled. too bad. this was a funny, well done legal show.


piltdown January 15, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I am done watching CBS


Sylvia January 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

We were surprised that Defenders was cancelled. We liked it. It was entertaining and was one our favourites to watch and was TiVo worthy. Iwe are so disappointed with most of whatis on TV now a days. We hate the reality shows. Stupid shows, not entertaining at all.


candy January 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

What now CBS, another “Reality” show ? Just what we need!!!!! I loved this show!!!!!!!!!!


Jimmy October 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm

CNN has 100,000 viewers, cancel that…….


R. Smith July 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Sorry it was canceled. DVRd and watched every episode. Loved it!


Lani July 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I found this show on netflix. I loved it. The research done on the law was far better than most other legal shows.


Gary Ulmer June 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

My family was disappointed that the show was cancelled, we watched every episode.


JonScott June 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm

My wife loves it on Netflix when is it coming back?


admin June 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

JonScott ยป It’s not.


ojwhon June 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

big mistake


Rita May 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

I cannot believe they cancelled The Defenders, such a great show..
I loved it and have been waiting for it to come back on…


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