12:30pm PT by Kate Stanhope, Lesley Goldberg
CBS Cancels 'Rush Hour' After One Season
CBS is putting the brakes on Rush Hour.
The network has canceled the freshman drama, based on the 1997 movie of the same name, after one season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Despite its status as an early favorite for the 2015-16 broadcast season, Rush Hour was slow to start. Its late March debut was middling, even by midseason standards, and its steady same-day showing has not seen much of a lift from time-shifting. It is only netting a 1.2 rating in the key demo and 6 million viewers in live-plus-seven-day returns, well below the kind of numbers previous Thursday 10 p.m. occupant Elementary saw in the hour. And while it does have a formidable production team behind it, super-producer Bill Lawrence among the ranks, it also has the misfortune of hailing from outside studio Warner Bros. TV — a key factor as broadcast networks shift to more vertically aligned programming.
The news comes shortly after CBS renewed two of its other freshman dramas, Code Black and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, in addition to sophomore comedy The Odd Couple. Rush Hour joins first-year comedy Angel From Hell, which was axed several months ago after five episodes. In addition, CBS parted ways with rookie series Supergirl. However, the superhero series is moving to The CW for its upcoming second season.
CBS has one bubble show remaining, Limitless, also based on a movie of the same name. Despite several misses this past season among shows based on films (Rush Hour, Fox's Minority Report), that trend continues into next season. Fox will debut series based on Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist in the fall, and NBC has Taken.