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Trauma: NBC Effectively Cancels TV Show, No Season Two

Trauma canceledLast May, NBC announced that it would be adding two new medical shows. Trauma would begin airing in the Fall and Mercy would come in early 2010. That plan got messed up when production on Parenthood, another new show, was delayed, and Mercy was brought in early to take its place.

With two new medical dramas on the network, many suspected there was going to be one too many. A few months later, one is struggling to survive and the other has been effectively cancelled.

Trauma revolves around a group of first responder paramedics in San Francisco. The high-action series is populated by an ensemble cast that includes Derek Luke, Cliff Curtis, Anastasia Griffith, Kevin Rankin, Aimee Garcia, Billy Lush, Jamey Sheridan, and Taylor Kinney.

The drama has had problems attracting viewers from the beginning. Its premiere only attracted 6.68 million viewers and a 2.2/5 rating/share of the 18-49 demographic. The following week, the numbers sank to 5.36 million and a 1.7/4. The numbers have been rising slowly since then but not by much. Monday’s episode hit a post-premiere high of 5.77 million and a 1.9/5, putting the show in fourth place for the timeslot.

TV show supportTo no surprise, NBC has decided not to order additional episodes of Trauma. While all 13 episodes of the series will be aired, the network won’t be ordering any more. It’s unknown if the cast and crew will be able to give the show any closure by the last episode.

What do you think? Are you disappointed that Trauma is ending or should it have been cancelled awhile ago?

UPDATE: Trauma returning with new episodes.


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Judith February 22, 2014 at 5:43 am

I recently started watching Hulu and discovered Trauma. I was hooked after watching the pilot and so was my friend. Watched all the episodes and am so disappointed there aren’t more. Don’t understand why it was cancelled. Great show and cast.


Darcy September 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Please bring this show back. It is the best show of it’s kind I have seen! I have been a Paramedic for 25 yrs. Please whoever can get it done -bring it back. Way better then Chicago Fire!!!


Darcy September 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I am terribly dissapointed that Trauma is not on anymore. It is an awesome show. Better then the new Chicago Fire by far. Please bring it back. Signed a 25 year Paramedic


Audrey C April 13, 2013 at 7:42 am

I am from the UK and have watched all the episodes of Trauma. Absolutely loved it and am really sad to hear it has been cancelled. It was one of the better medical dramas and showed a good portray of what the EMS people have to go through in their daily working lives.
Bring it back, it is far better than X Factor, Whoever’s Got Talent etc…
Also why were the good shows like ringer and gossip girl cancelled – bring them back.



sammy February 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm

trauma is the best show ever


K8 December 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm

One of the best shows ever created. Shame on NBC for canceling it. They create idiotic shows like The X Factor, or Scandal. Many people enjoyed watching this show, because it portrays a good example of what EMS providers do for society each day. This is not only an insult to it’s viewers, but to the men and women that work each day to save lives.


Anonymous November 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Bring back trauma!!!!!!!


Ruth November 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Just discovered it on Hulu and watched all the episodes in about 5 nights total … so so bummed that it doesn’t have another season, Love these characters … ???? Why do they cancel the good shows …


Erika August 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Thank you Ruth for letting us know it’s on HULU, i was an extra on this show, we all had so much fun and the cast and crew was very gracious to us!


Erika August 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

oops, were very gracious!


Bryan October 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

Trauma was definitely a great show. I’m so disappointed to see that it only made one season. And the way they left it off was horrible. I would really enjoy a second season to this suspenseful TV series.


Telma September 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I really loved trauma it was one of my favorite shows that I really enjoyed and got in to…I was very disappointed to her that it was cancelled please bring it back.


vasilios September 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

The networks are irresponsible i think. You cannot create such great shows and then cancel them. I think they could get better ratings if they didn’t do that. It’s one reason why I now do not watch TV shows on TV. I wait to see what happens with they have a next season, and I’m still skeptical. I hate being left out to hang. I’m sure I’m not the ONLY one that feels that way. The networks loose out ultimately with less and less viewers due to a lack of TRUST! TRAUMA WAS AN FANTASTIC SHOW A REAL SHAME IT WAS CANCELED. REALLY!


James Duran September 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I wish Trauma was never canceled because I loved watching that show. I enjoyed watching it as much as Sons of Anarchy on FX and Grimm on NBC. I never miss any of those shows. Especially when Trauma was on I never missed any episodes. I just barely realized it was canceled. I also thought that it just ended for the season to make more. I have been waiting and waiting, hoping that it would comeback. It was an show and would like to see it come back with same characters.


Rose September 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Please bring back Trauma, it is a really great show and I wish you would continue it. Please please bring it back.


Mike C August 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Trauma was awesome, this is a massive shame =\


Ginel F. Laquiores June 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Bring Back TRAUecal Servicessential of learning for us Emergency <ediMA . its a tribute and an ideal providers….. bring it back , the best show ever


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