The list of canceled TV shows for 2015 might be getting a bit longer after CBS yanked The McCarthys out of its schedule sooner than planned.
The network pulled the freshman comedy from its place in the lineup and replacing it with re-runs of The Big Bang Theory. The show was scheduled to take a break after its somewhat large 15-episode run ended on February 12, but new reports indicate that it’s off the air already.
The McCarthys isn’t officially among the list of canceled TV shows in 2015 just yet, but sources say that CBS has no immediate plans to air the final four unaired episodes.
The McCarthys wouldn’t be the first show in trouble early on in the year. The NBC show State of Affairs struggled to find viewers despite a strong marketing campaign and a big name in Katherine Heigl.
Earlier this year, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt talked about the show’s disappointing numbers and theorized why it was doing so poorly.
“I’m disappointed in what it’s been doing [ratings-wise] the last couple of weeks,” he said Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “It’s a show that I think is a really fine show, so I’m scratching my head a little bit about why we can’t get more people to be there for it.”
Variety noted that many dramas get off to a slow start, but State of Affairs was doing particularly poorly.
“Granted, audiences aren’t trained to expect first run episodes from the networks in late December (and it could be that more people than usual will catch up via DVR playback), but ‘State of Affairs’ (1.1 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) was down half a ratings point week to week and 0.3 below its previous nadir set Nov. 24 with its second episode. Its lead-in this week, a repeat ‘Saturday Night Live’ Christmas special, did a 1.6 in the demo in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, a significant 43% lower than last week’s ‘Voice’ (2.8).”
There now seems to be little hope for the show, TV by the Numbers noted.
“The Cancellation Bear has been told that Katherine Heigl, the lead in ‘State of Affairs,’ likes to throw blame for her perceived failures around.
“If so, she’ll have plenty of blame to distribute for ‘State Of Affairs.’ It’s certain to be canceled.”
Although The McCarthys is not yet officially among the canceled TV shows for 2015, there appears to be little hope for fans. TV by the Numbers already lists it as “canceled.”