'Damnation' Canceled at USA Network

The freshman drama struggled to draw an audience (and favorable reviews).
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'Damnation'

It's one and done for USA Network drama Damnation.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has opted to cancel the low-rated series starring Killian Scott and Logan Marshall-Green.

Produced in-house at Universal Cable Productions, Netflix boarded the Depression-era drama as a co-producer to help offset the costs of what USA described as an "epic saga of the secret history of the 1930s American heartland." The streaming giant had first-run rights for the series outside of the U.S.

Damnation premiered Nov. 7, launching to poor reviews. The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg said in his review the "union saga struggles to achieve solidarity," and the series has a 57 rating on Metacritic and 7.8 user score.

With live-plus-3 returns, Damnation bowed to a not-insignificant 1.4 million viewers. Subsequent episodes, however, dropped dramatically. The latest to see time-shifting adds, which originally aired Jan. 11, barely topped 500,000 viewers.  

USA's scripted roster currently includes Colony, Falling Water, Mr. Robot, Queen of the South, Shooter, Suits and the forthcoming Unsolved. Worth noting: Netflix is a co-producer on Shooter and anthology Unsolved, while Amazon has a deal for Falling Water.