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CBS Cancels “Jericho” [Update] March 21, 2008 1:50 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, CBS, Jericho.

Jericho fans, it’s happening again. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has dropped the cancellation bomb on Jericho once again. Producers on the show have been told that the show is ending its broadcast run. The season finale will air on Tuesday, with an ending that helps give fans closure. Continue reading for my ratings analysis accompanied by a chart.

[Update] CBS confirmed the cancellation in a statement released to the press:

“The March 25th episode of Jericho will be the series finale,” the network said in a statement released to the press. “Without question, there are passionate viewers watching this program; we simply wish there were more. 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.”

Executive producer Carol Barbee said the following in a recent interview:

“‘Jericho’ is unique because the fans saved it — watching it on the Internet and streaming and iTunes downloads, all those things that are not being counted,” said executive producer Carol Barbee in a recent interview. “That’s what ‘Jericho’ will be known for.”

Original Article follows

Fans will surely be disappointed by the news of yet another cancellation for the series, but ratings simply were not strong enough to warrant a renewal. Take a look (also, keep reading for a graph):

Season 1 vs. Season 2
Households – 5.9/10 to 3.9/6 (-34%)
Viewers – 9.25M to 6.18M (-3.07M/-33%)
Adults 18-49 – 2.7/8 to 2.0/6 (-26%)

What follows below is a chart tracking Jericho from its series premiere to last Tuesday’s episode (click to enlarge and see the chart more clearly):

It’s a shame audiences haven’t stuck with the show because it’s been quite good this season.

CBS declined comment, though a formal announcement is expected later today.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter



1. Former loyal viewer - March 21, 2008 2:56 pm

Good bye CBS.

2. Nancy - March 21, 2008 5:37 pm

My family and I really enjoy the Jericho Series. We cannot stay up to 10:0 0p.m. to watch so we have been watching it the following evening “On Demand”.

It’s a shame to take one of your best shows off the air. Back to reading again.

Bye CBS.

3. Anna Landseadel - March 21, 2008 10:29 pm

CBS can’t possibly have expected Jericho to succeed by putting it on at 10 pm at night! They set it out to fail from the beginning. My husband, daughter, and myself had to record it to the dvr and watch it the next evening because of how late it came on. CBS screwed themselves on this one. I’ll definately miss the ONLY show I faithfully watched. Guess it’s back to reading for me.

4. Robin - March 22, 2008 12:43 am

cbs is a bunch of liars, they just simply don’t want the show anymore. I am done with cbs.

5. Nathan - March 22, 2008 12:46 am

Well looks like it’s back to video games for me, I will be getting a Nintendo wii,so since they took off my only show…goodbye CBS!!

6. Gwen - March 22, 2008 1:16 am

It was confirmed tonight, on Shaun o’Mac’s radio boardcast that the show’s production company will be trying to find another home for Jericho. Most likely they will be looking at cable networks.


7. Gwen - March 22, 2008 1:17 am

It was confirmed tonight, on Shaun o’Mac’s radio boardcast that the show’s production company will be trying to find another home for Jericho. Most likely they will be looking at cable networks.


8. Tim - March 22, 2008 3:06 pm

Good bye CBS. I hope the fall out from this effects the ratings of all of your other shows. I know I won’t be watching any of them.

9. Gene - March 23, 2008 12:30 pm

Other than great writing, a terrific cast and an entralling plot, what did “Jericho” have to offer? CBS just booted one of the best shows on TV. I hope it lands on a cable network.

10. Rudy - March 26, 2008 12:07 pm

So much for CBS. Jericho was like the Little Engine That Could. A great show, great story line. But now CBS has left a bad taste in our mouths. I for one am done with CBS. I wonder what is on ABC, NBC, FOX or CW. Speaking of CW, could they pick up the series? I know it’s been done before with other series.

11. Tim R. - March 28, 2008 12:29 pm

Well I to am very upset by how CBS treated this, and I would like to add my Name to the list of people that wish to no longer watch any CBS shows… I just hope all of you that feel this way take the time to tell them and stand strong on our anger….. Had to be the best show to date snatched away, gee thanks you fools

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