Three shows, two freshman dramas and one long-running one, will not be returning to the lineup next season. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The Black Donnelly’s and Crossing Jordan have been canceled.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip debuted in September to high expectations and solid ratings (13 million viewers), but the show struggled, both creatively and in the ratings, over the course of the season leading to NBC’s decision to pull it from the lineup.
Six episodes remain unaired, and will be burned off during the summer.
The Black Donnelly’s took over the time slot occupied by ‘Studio 60′, but never garned much attention either in the ratings, or by the press.
While it’s hard to blame NBC for the above mentioned shows not connecting with the audiences, they share some responsibility for the declined ratings of Crossing Jordan. The network held off on premiering the show until late in the season, a move which hurt the ratings immediately. They tried to compensate by shuffling the show off to Wednesday, but the results haven’t been any different.
The series finale (6th season finale) will air on May 16.