Traffic Light: New FOX Sitcom Cancelled; No Season Two

Traffic LightFOX has cancelled a number of series this week and some have been a bit of a surprise. Lie to Me, Human Target, and The Chicago Code were all canned and most had been expecting at least one to survive. One cancellation that doesn’t come as a shock however is Traffic Light. No one was expecting the low-rated sitcom to be back for a second season.

Traffic Light follows the lives of three men who’ve been friends since college — Mike (David Denman), Adam (Nelson Franklin), and Ethan (Kris Marshall). Now in their thirties, they find themselves in different places in their lives and various stages of relationships. Mike’s married to Lisa (Liza Lapira), Adam lives with girlfriend Callie (Aya Cash), and Adam’s still the perpetual bachelor.

The premiere of Traffic Light attracted just a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.59 million viewers. In week two, the numbers fell more than 25%, to a 1.4 rating and 3.49 million. With figures like these, it was pretty clear that Traffic Light was doomed.

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The ratings for subsequent episodes kept falling and even went as low as a 0.9 in the demo and 2.24 million viewers. The newbie sitcom averages a pitiful 1.5 in the demo and just 3.66 million viewers. It’s currently the lowest-rated series on the network, even ranking below Fringe which airs on Friday nights.

FOX has now officially cancelled Traffic Light after one season and 13 episodes. The final unaired episode of the series is scheduled to air next Tuesday, May 17th. The last episode produced, titled “Tommy Guns,” ran last night.

For now, FOX plans to air repeats of Traffic Light at least through the end of June. In light of this cancellation news, that schedule may change.

What do you think? Are you sorry that Traffic Light didn’t get a second season? Is the series better than the ratings indicate?

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  1. meholl says

    I also just found this show on Netflix and I have to say that it should not have been cancelled. I do not believe in 2011 anyone ever heard of the show.

    I am in my mid 40s with kids and this show really spoke to me. I have been in each main characters situations and I know friends still in those situations. I would have liked to have had this show around the last few years to help with with times. Its funny, witty, well written, and the characters cover a load of people.

    They should bring it back if the actors are not too old now. Its like Obama got elected and this show disappeared leaving millions of guys like me with no sitcom to relate to except “last man standing.” I know a lot of others got cancelled too….again lets bring it back.

  2. lexy lee says

    I absolutely adore the show! I have thlo be honest, as a young person in America, I need the internet but I can’t afford cable, so I learn about new shows, mostly through Netflix. I, and many other young people are just being introduced to this phenomenal show. Love ALL of the actors. The male characters are wonderful, funny, everyday man. The women are pretty well rounded, also funny and smart. It represents a generation pretty well. I laughed and loved and long for more.

  3. AlutaShade says

    I discovered this show on Netflix recently. I don’t ever remember it being advertised on television, but I was sad to discover that there wasn’t a second season. I’ve really enjoyed the show! The characters are all lovable, and there’s plenty of funny moments. The only thing I never understood about the show is the inconsistency of who Ethan was dating. At first is was obvious, each episode was someone new. But in one episode Ethan decides to get back with an ex. However, the next episode he is sleeping with someone new. Then the next episode he’s in a scene in bed with the ex. They never made it clear whether it not he was just sleeping around with multiple women or actually committed to the ex. This wasn’t enough of an issue to ruin the show though. I definitely wish they would bring this back, maybe as a “Netflix Original” show. I would certainly continue to watch it!

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