From 'Do No Harm' to 'The Playboy Club': TV's Quickest Cancellations
3:00 PM PDT 10/4/2011 by Rebecca Ford, Chris Godley
NBC's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde drama scored the lowest-rated scripted premiere in the history of the Big Four networks when it premiered Jan. 31, earning a quick hook after two episodes and joining "Made in Jersey" as the season's fastest failures. Here's a look at other short-lived TV flops.
Scoring the lowest-rated scripted premiere in the history of the Big Four networks, the midseason drama starring Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) in an adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde sunk even further in its second airing with a 0.7 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic before getting the hook.
Made in Jersey (2012)
Episodes aired: 2
Made in Jersey opened Sept. 28 to a soft 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.8 million viewers. Sandwiched between the comparatively strong CSI: New York and Blue Bloods, it was the network's lowest-rated outing for the night and matched Fox's Fringe a repeat of ABC's Last Resort in the demo before the Janet Montgomery drama was yanked from the schedule.
ABC had heavy promotional campaign for the comedy starring Heather Graham as a woman who decides that if she can list 5 reasons to break up with a man, then she does so. ABC broke up with the series after the premiere drew only 6.2 million viewers.
Even having Hugh Jackman onboard as EP and cast member couldn’t save CBS’ musical drama from losing its voice after it debuted to a meager 8.4 million viewers — a pittance compared to the 21.2 million viewers that watched CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which preceded it.
The CW drama about the modeling world starring Mischa Barton and produced by Ashton Kutcher was canceled after a mere 1.5 million people tuned in for its premiere, and only 1 million caught its second episode.
The drama series about a group of young artists originally found success as a webseries on MySpace, but its move over to NBC as a mid-season replacement was an unsuccessful venture, and led to its cancelation. The remaining 5 episodes aired on Bravo.
While it received critical acclaim, Fox’s primetime soap Lone Star featuring James Wolk as a charismatic Texas con man couldn’t get the ratings it needed to survive, and became the first casualty of the 2010 season.
The ABC faux-documentary show that followed around high school classmates 10 years after graduation was given the axe after its second episode ratings were down 31% from its already bleak premiere episode numbers.