To no surprise, CBS has pulled their new low-rated crime drama, Training Day, from its Thursday night timeslot. The series is the latest entry in a list of CBS dramas — including Rush Hour and Pure Genius — that have struggled in the Thursdays at 10pm timeslot. However, fans of Bill Paxton’s last TV series will still be able to see the remaining episodes.
Picking up some 15 years after the movie, the Training Day TV show follows Detective Frank Rourke (Bill Paxon). He’s the maverick head of a special unit that hunts the city’s most dangerous criminals. When the LAPD brass notices Rourke’s penchant for operating in a gray area to fight crime, they assign heroic Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell) to pose as Frank’s trainee to spy on him and report on his off-book methods. The rest of the CBS cast includes Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz, Christina Vidal, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
Training Day got off to a disappointing start on February 2nd, averaging a 0.88 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.73 million viewers. The numbers have gotten much worse as the weeks have progressed. There was a slight bump for the March 2nd installment, which featured a tribute to Paxton, but the numbers were still quite low for a network series.
After six episodes, CBS has pulled Training Day from the Thursday night lineup. The remaining seven installments will air on Saturday nights beginning April 8th. It will air at 9pm, following episodes of drama Ransom.
While CBS has not officially cancelled Training Day, there is little chance that the series will be renewed for a second season.
What do you think? Do you like the Training Day TV show? Will you watch the remaining episodes on Saturday nights?