While we knew this cancellation was coming, it’s still a sad subject to address. The Training Day TV show has been cancelled. There will be no season two of the CBS police drama.
Taking place years after the 2001 Denzel Washington feature film, the Training Day TV series stars Bill Paxton as Detective Frank Rourke and Justin Cornwell as Kyle Craig. The rest of the CBS cast includes Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz, Christina Vidal, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
This cancellation was all but certain, since the untimely death of 61 year old Bill Paxton, on February 25th. But had that tragedy not occurred, it was still looking unlikely that Training Day would have been renewed for season two.
Training Day: A Look at the Ratings
The show premiered with a disappointing 0.88 in the 18-49 year old viewer demographic and drew a total audience of 4.73 million. Training Day‘s trajectory has been largely downhill since then. After six weeks of poor ratings on Thursday nights, CBS shuffled Training Day to Saturdays where the numbers naturally got a lot worse.
Overall, the first season has averaged a 0.54 in the demo and 3.47 million viewers. The series finale is slated for May 20th.
Compare how Training Day stacks up against other CBS TV shows, and it doesn’t take a detective to figure out why the network cancelled this show. Still, had the series maintained its premiere ratings, this cancellation would likely still have come to pass.
What do you think? Did you watch the first and only season of Training Day? Would you have continued to watch it without Bill Paxton? Should CBS have cancelled or renewed the TV series for a second season?