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Fox cancels The Chicago Code [Update: Traffic Light also canceled]

Update: Fox has also canceled the comedy Traffic Light. That’s no surprise. Its premiere was weak to begin with — just 4.589M viewers and a 1.9 A18-49 rating — and its been downhill since with one original airing actually falling below 2M viewers (1.903M and a 0.8 A18-49 rating to be exact). Tonight was its season, now series, finale. Before tonight, the season average stood at a dismal 3.511M viewers and a 1.4 A18-49 rating.

Original article follows below.

A very busy night for Fox programming continues with news that the network has canceled the drama series The Chicago Code.

The news was relayed to HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall from creator Shawn Ryan:

Ryan told me he had just heard from FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who told him the show was also canceled. (As in it won’t be on next year’s schedule; the final episodes will air.)

The Chicago Code debuted to 9.433M viewers and a 2.4 A18-49 rating in February and actually appeared to show some strength in proceeding weeks. It averaged a stable 7.605M viewers and a 2.0 rating from episodes 2-6. But it has been on the down-turn in recent weeks, dropping to a series-low 5.595M viewers and a 1.6 rating last week. Last night’s episode registered only slight growth (5.672M viewers and a 1.7 rating).

The current season average stands at 7.019M viewers and a 1.9 A18-49 rating.

  • Suzanne

     This is a well-acted, well-written, well-produced show for adults–a rarity among the weak offerings on television.  We love the unusual setting and the gritty stories.  We only hope one of the networks will recognize this gem and grab it for their fall lineup.  Bad move Fox.  You didn’t give it enough of a chance to succeed, nor enough time for the compelling storyline to develop.  I’m sure you will replace it with another stupid show about crass post-adolescents.