The Firm: Cancelled, No Season Two?

No season two of The Firm on NBCIt’s been a rough road for Mitch MicDeere. Now, it’s come to an end — at least on NBC. The Firm has been cancelled after one season of 22 episodes.

The Firm picks up years after the young attorney (Josh Lucas) made his deal with the mob to take his old crooked law firm down. He and his family have come out of hiding but their problems haven’t gone away. The show also stars Molly Parker, Callum Keith Rennie, Juliette Lewis, Natasha Calis, Tricia Helfer, Martin Donovan, Shaun Majumder, and Paulino Nunes.

The series represented one of NBC’s biggest launches of the season but it misfired right from the start. The two-hour premiere brought in a dismal 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with just 6.32 million viewers.

When The Firm moved to its regular timeslot on Thursdays a few days later, the numbers got even worse. Week two dropped 29% in the demo and the ratings kept falling in subsequent weeks. After hitting an embarrassing low for a primetime show — a 0.8 demo rating with 2.97 million viewers — NBC sent it packing to Saturday nights.

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The numbers have been awful since that move — even for a Saturday night show. It’s frequently outperformed by movies and crime drama reruns on the other networks.

To date, The Firm has an average of a 0.7 rating in the demo and 2.10 million viewers. On our NBC Ratings Report Card, which measures the relative demo success of shows on the network, the show has a “D-” grade — even after low viewership is taken into account.

On the positive side, 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 eOne 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.

Not surprisingly, The Firm won’t be back on NBC (according to TVWise) because the network has opted not to renew its deal with Sony and eOne. The series could continue to be produced for other markets however and even possibly be picked up by a cable channel here in the US. There’s been no word on the show’s fate beyond NBC so, for now, we’ll have to wait and see.

There are 22 episodes in the first season of The Firm and tonight’s marks the 17th. Right now, the finale is slated for June 23rd. If a second season isn’t going to be produced, hopefully the last episode will supply enough closure for the few million faithful viewers who’ve kept watching.

What do you think? Are you sorry that NBC isn’t continuing the show? Would you watch on another channel or purchase season two on DVD?

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  1. Johnny u says

    Make a 2 hour movie to wrap it up. Hooked after first show. Just watched it.
    Networks need to give shows a chance. I never even recall the series? Uhmmm. Show commercials of new shows? I think the network is capable of this 😉

  2. Ayelen Ayesha says

    I hope they renew The Firm for another season. At least for enough episodes to bring closure to the story. It is unfair that they left the season one finale at a cliff-hanger when the makers knew it would be cancelled :(

  3. Hutch & Lore says

    The Firm was one of the best series ever. We watched the entire 22 episodes from 6 DVD discs loaned to us from the local library. We’re very disappointed that the show
    was canceled and that there is no end or finale in sight. Shame on NBC for cancelling
    one of the best series ever.

  4. Maxwell padi Partey says

    The firm is one of my favorite tv series i have ever watched. I like the rhythm of the movie and that of the characters they are very awesome.
    As for the season two i think it should be aired

  5. Kathy and Tom says

    We just discovered The Firm and have watched the first season. What a bummer to learn there is no season 2! All those unresolved conflicts, etc. PLEASE at least have the decency to produce one more “closer” show for those of us who are frustrated beyond measure by this blow!

    • may says

      It indeed is a bummer to discover that after having to watch a whole season of the series, there is no season 2. Funny thing is a lot of tv series nowadays are all fiction & full of crap & they’re selling. This is frustrating, there is definitely no closure after the last episode…

  6. Prasana says

    Oh my God I just can’t believe the ratings are so low . Its One of the Best series in Law which I’ve seen that comes close to real life court proceedings . I love this show it stimulates your mind and keeps your morals in check when you are in a case . Please bring it back

  7. Rick says

    We recently discovered The Firm on Netflix and love it. We’re totally disappointed that there is no season two! We wish that we had known how good it was when it aired on NBC. If it comes out on cable we would definitely watch it (please, please bring it to cable!!! )

  8. Bobby Stephens says

    bring back season two on cable. Why would you take such a great show off cable, when all the garbage reality tv shows stay on year after year, please tell people how they should bring back THE FIRM

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