The Listener: NBC Pulls Craig Olejnik Series from Schedule

IMAGEAfter low ratings, the peacock network has pulled the plug on the series about a telepathic paramedic.

The Listener debuted on June 4th on NBC. Initially produced for Canadian networks, the drama revolves around a young paramedic (Craig Olejnik) who has the ability to hear other people’s thoughts. Through his job and abilities, he seeks to help those in need in any way he can.

Others in the cast include Lisa Marcos, Ennis Esmer, Mylene Robic, Arnold Pinnock, Anthony Lemke, Lara Jean Chorostecki, John Fleming, and Colm Feore.

On NBC, the show got off to a rocky start in the ratings. The two-hour premiere brought in 5.32 million viewers and just a 1.4/4 rating/share of the 18-49 demographic. Summer viewing expectations aren’t very high but it didn’t bode well that the program landed in third place in total viewers and the demo.

Things didn’t get any better for the later episodes. Last week, Listener’s numbers hit a series low with 3.3 million viewers and a tiny 0.7/2 rating in the demo. Even for Summer viewership, those numbers are quite poor for a major network.

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As a result, NBC has decided to end The Listener’s run prematurely. Next week’s episode will be the last to air on the peacock network and repeats of Law & Order will fill the timeslot after that.

The remaining five episodes of Listener are expected to be streamed online in August. The 13 episodes have already aired in many countries across the world and will continue to run in Canada.

Word is that the first season ends with plenty of unresolved mysteries. There’s been no news about the possibility of a second season for The Listener as yet but, if there is, you certainly won’t be seeing it on NBC.

What do you think? A good call by NBC or were you looking forward to seeing more?

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  1. Tammy says

    Ok so they keep on the stupidest show Kings but they take out The Listener? And how did it not get good views every site I checked said everyone loved it!!!!!!!

  2. anita blair says

    i could not believe the listener has not been on for every week i was looking forward to watching this. the last two weeks which made me very upset.when it did not come on and no one telling us why.i don’t know when they get a good show like this you have to mess with it,please put it back on and make my day’s bright again.

  3. Charlene says

    This was a great show, I looked forward to it every week. I am disappointed that you took it off instead of at least one of the Reality shows. It was great entertainment, bring it back

  4. says

    I am disappointed that you got rid of the listener. My daughter and I eagerly wait for Thursday evenings to see this show and were quite disappointed when it was not on last night . Please bring it back!!!!

  5. says

    The Listener was very entertaining. The more I saw, the more I liked it. I am so disappointed that it was pulled. After not seeing it and looking for it for weeks on tv, I finally searched the internet. Bring it back!!!!!

  6. Angela says

    I’m not happy with NBC’s decision to yank “The listener”. Why can’t you pull that reality TV crap? This show had heart and I enjoyed watching it. Here”s hoping that another network with hear our cries and pick this show-up.

  7. Mike says

    I knew it, now NBC is not giving a good show a chance. There is nothing worth watching on either of the big 3. NBC give the show another chance during the fall season. Ratings will be better.

  8. Neil says

    Gutted that this show was pulled. We only recently got it in the UK and like most shows that seem to come from the U.S, we love them yet only get given a taster then they are stopped. Dissapointing that we will have to go back to watchin UK drivel and re-runs. Hopefully another network will pick it up.

  9. wes says

    nbc has given me yet another reason to up ymy antidepressants. the way they end these shows(las vegas, journeyman) it’s like their trying to piss us off. F**k cliffhangers.

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