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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  1. Vicky says

    my husband and I loved the firm and would like to see it come back. The net works always cancel the good TV show and leave on the crappy one.

  2. Violet Victoria says

    I am so sorry But I do not understand you people!
    Best series you finish. The so and so, oyu keep them.
    Is a shame. what matters is money, comercials, etc etc

  3. AW says

    Another brilliant series cancelled. I couldn’t wait to watch it each week. I was hooked unexpectedly when I was on vacation. Love it! Poor ratings? How could this be?

  4. Dee says

    I am very sorry its gone…..the book…the movie….and the tv program, all were favorites of mine. please do it again…please

  5. betty says

    I love the firm it is just a great show so interesting to see what was happening and what going to happen Ijust hope they don’t cancel it Iwill be very dissapointed and angry.nothing on television is really worth watching anymore please don’t cancel

  6. Sandy says

    We love the firm, didn’t realize it moved last year, so missed the Saturday shows. Bought the first season on dvd and are getting caught up now. Hate to see it end, it is a great show. Nice change from all of the other dramas out there.

  7. Steven gray says

    Me an my family really loved this show. We looked forward to it every week. To hear that this show could be cancelled, is just so wrong in so many ways. I’m sick of all the NCIS shows, and you obviously can see that many people still love this show. Plz. Don’t cancell this show

  8. Seari says

    the firm is awesome please keep it !!!!!!!!!! all there is left anymore is tiresome reality shows, why do networks always seem to get rid of the good shows?

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