NBC has put Heroes: Origins, the six-episode spin-off of the NBC Sci-Fi series Heroes, on an indefinite hold.
It hasn’t been canceled yet, but producers have not been informed on whether it’ll be on the schedule at a later time. It was likely canceled for financial reasons as the network readies for the expected WGA strike.
The show was expected to air this coming midseason (ss early as April) and had several high profile names attached to writer or direct including Kevin Smith and Eli Roth.
Heroes is going through a sophomore slump in the ratings this season, with many feeling the slump can be attributed to a creative down turn.
Through six episodes this season, the show is averaging 11.62 million viewers, a 6.8/10 household rating/share and a 5.4/12 adults 18-49 rating/share. That’s down 17% among households, 16.5% among viewers and 14% among adults 18-49 from last year’s season average (13.91 million viewers, 8.2/12 HH rating/share, 6.1/14 A18-49 rating/share).
Despite the decline, the show is still doing quite well among the advertiser coveted A18-49 demographic. In addition, much of the audience loss occurred last season, not this season.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter