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The Firm: Exiled to Saturdays; Cancelled?

The Firm canceled on ThursdaysNBC has cancelled the Thursday airings of their low-rated legal series, The Firm, and sent it packing to Saturday nights at 9pm beginning February 11th.

The Firm follows attorney Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas), his wife Abby (Molly Parker), and their daughter Claire (Natasha Calis), as they emerge from the witness protection program after 10 years. They relocate to Washington, DC to restart their lives but problems from the past quickly resurface. The show’s cast also includes Callum Keith Rennie, Juliette Lewis, Tricia Helfer, and Shaun Majumder.

NBC had high hopes for the legal drama but it stumbled in the ratings right from the start. The two-hour premiere of The Firm registered just a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.32 million viewers. The numbers got even worse once the show moved to Thursday nights and, for the past two weeks, has only mustered a 0.8 rating with fewer than three million total viewers.

It’s no surprise that NBC is banishing The Firm to Saturday nights with ratings like these. Grimm repeats will fill the Thursdays at 10pm timeslot for the immediate future. Starting March 1st, the peacock network’s new drama Awake will take over.

While it looks highly unlikely that NBC will purchase a second season of The Firm, it seems certain that viewers will get to see all 22 episodes of season one.

If The Firm had been a typical network show, the episode order probably would have been cut down to 13 installments because of the low ratings. However, NBC’s deal for The Firm is unique and a bit more like the one the network had for Merlin, the supernatural drama produced by the BBC.

Sony and Entertainment One partnered to produce The Firm, primarily for the overseas market. Thanks to pre-sales and Canadian production tax credits, the cost of producing the series was already paid for and NBC was able to pick up the show for a greatly reduced licensing fee, just like any other secondary buyer.

If The Firm had been a big success, NBC would have made quite a profit on the series. As things worked out, the network may still be making some money on the deal or at least hasn’t lost much.

Will there be a second season? That depends on Sony and Entertainment One, not NBC.

What do you think? Do you like The Firm? Do you think it should continue?


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babydoll January 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I loved the firm of and my husband would watch this together please put it back i want to see what happen it was soexciting .


Betty January 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm

On of the best shows on TV..Please do not cancel it..


Steph January 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm

My son and I really like this show, we used to watch it every week faithfully. I really hope it comes back on. Please don’t cancel.


Mark Hunter January 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm

I loved the show from episode one it is a great show and i think they will be making a big mistake if they don’t bring it back


Sue January 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Loved the show and will faithfully follow it
BTW…have been left hanging by shows in the past- never feels good and makes me bitter toward the network – finish what you start-


Nosiri January 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

My husband and I really enjoy The Firm and I have read all of John Grishams books and am thrilled to see the same story lines on TV. A great show and hope it won’t be cancelled.)


Pierre & Danielle January 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Please a second season….!!!! And more …………..!
My wife and I loved this show, wtih excellent dialogs and plots that keps us riveted to the TV screen with thrilling situations.
This series is very good we need more like this.


Mary January 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

My husband and I would definitely like to see it continue. It’s a great show!


Debbie December 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm

The first 2 episodes were slow but after that it was excellent! I watch Revenge and Scandal and The Firm got just as addictive for me…. What a pity they have cancelled it! Maybe some folk didn’t like the casting of Julliette Lewis character or Abby as they did take a While to convince me but I liked them in the end up! Please someone buy the second series!


Priya December 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

I loved the show….. am waiting for second season…. plz bring it back


Larry Viterna December 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Definitely want The Firm back!!


Karen December 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Loved this show, they always cancel the good shows and keep the stupid crappie ones go figure!


Anonymous December 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm

again another great series cancelled


Les randolph December 13, 2012 at 12:18 am

Great show. Excellent acting that brought me back every week. I don’t watch much on NBC but this was a favorite. I hope there is a season two.


colleen wison December 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Really lved this show, please don’t cancel it!


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