Jericho Nuked by CBS
By Gina Serpe
Fri, 21 Mar 2008 12:02:48 PM PDT
Despite getting a fan- (and legume-) powered reprieve, CBS has given the
heave-ho to Jericho.
The latest-and presumably final-cancellation of the apocalyptic series
came Friday, after CBS execs determined the resurrected series had not generated
big enough ratings. The season/series finale will air Tuesday night.
"Without question, there are passionate viewers watching this program; we
simply wish there were more," said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler. "We
thank an engaged and spirited fan base for keeping the show alive this long,
and an outstanding team of producers, cast and crew that went through
creative hoops to deliver a compelling, high-quality second season.
"We have no regrets bringing the show back for a second try. We listened to
our viewers, gave the series an opportunity to grow, and the producers put a
great story on the screen. We're proud of everyone's efforts."
However, in what's no doubt an attempt to ward off another 25-ton delivery
of peanuts to the network's New York and Los Angeles offices, the Hollywood
Reporter claims that two potential endings for the series were filmed, and the
one chosen for air isn't as definitive as it could have been.
Per the Reporter, the selected ending won't necessarily preclude the series
from coming back to the airwaves, albeit on cable, if at all.
Last June, Tassler, in the wake of the enthusiastic peanut-sending campaign
that has already gone down in the annals of TV fandom, ordered a seven-episode
second season of the show, hailing the overwhelmingly persuasive nature of
sending the nuts-an idea borne from a line in the inaugural season's finale-
but warned that "for there to be more Jericho, we will need more viewers."
Unfortunately, follow-through doesn't appear to be Jericho fans' strong
suit. The show has continually been on the losing end of the Nielsen fight since
its relaunch last month.
Jericho averaged 6.8 million viewers through its first six episodes this
season (the finale will be the seventh), in the neighborhood of other CBS
un-favorites like Viva Laughlin (6.5 million-for one episode) and Welcome to the
Captain (6.3 million). Last season, when it got canceled the first time,
Jericho averaged 9.2 million for a 23-episode season.
That's a loss of nearly 2.5 million viewers, or 26 percent of its audience.
Most every show is down this year, but that's even worse than usual.
Jericho does, however, continue to be a bankable hit online, both as one of
CBS' Innertube's most-watched shows and as an iTunes performer. The
second-season premiere sold more than 700,000 copies, making it one of iTunes' most
-Additional reporting by Joal Ryan
Now I'm mad at CBS, but at least they gave the show a chance. I can't deny that. It's just been so damned good this season - the writing was unbelievably tight. I guess I'll see how it ends Tuesday. I don't hold a lot of hopes for it going to cable, but who knows? It at least got a second season.
Yesterday I was nearly sideswiped by a woman who decided she wanted to go straight through the intersection from the right-turn-only lane (I was in the straight-through OR right-turn lane, and figure she was damned lucky I wasn't turning right, because I would have crushed her); she almost shoved me into the oncoming lane (fortunately empty), and I honked at her. She rolled down her window and gave me a wave. I was most irritated. Do people think because I drive a beat-up old Suburban that I'm a) slow or b) invisible? What my truck should imply to people is that I don't really worry about the paint job anymore, and it's made of old-fashioned Detroit steel. I WILL CRUSH.
I don't know why I don't seem to have my cookies on this computer, despite having posted from here before, and is it something new with LJ that you have to correct the date and time every time you post?