Earlier, we reported that series creator Sam Shaw had planned a third season for the historical show.
The series dramatized the Manhattan Project’s development of nuclear weapons in 1940s New Mexico. The series starred John Benjamin Hickley, Olivia Williams, William Petersen, and Daniel Stern.
In a press statement, WGN America president Matt Cherniss cited low ratings as one of the reasons for cancellation:
After careful consideration, we have reached the very difficult decision not to move forward with a third season of ‘Manhattan.’ We are proud of this critically acclaimed series, an extraordinary original drama, and are deeply disappointed that such a wonderful show could not find a larger audience. We thank the immensely talented Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme, along with the exceptional cast and crew and our great partners at Lionsgate and Skydance, for crafting a masterful series. We are equally grateful to the dedicated fans for their support over the last two seasons.”
Season one of the series received low ratings, with an average viewership of only 420,000. Ratings for season two decreased even further, with an estimated average of 240,000 viewers. Season two ended on December 15th.
What do you think? Did you watch Manhattan? Do you think it should continue elsewhere?