1:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jeremy Piven's 'Wisdom of the Crowd' Done After 13 Episodes on CBS
CBS has hit the brakes on the Jeremy Piven rookie drama Wisdom of the Crowd.
The network has opted to end the series based on the Israeli format after its initial 13-episode order rather than hand out an additional episode pickup. All unaired episodes will continue to run in the show's Sunday at 8 p.m. slot. It's unclear if the series will remain in consideration for a potential second season.
The decision to conclude the drama, which stars Piven as a tech innovator who creates a crowd-sourcing hub to revolutionize crime solving in San Francisco, comes as CBS had been "looking into" the actor following allegations of sexual harassment.
Many will be quick to blame the likely cancellation on Piven's current predicament, but the fact of the matter is that the show never really performed for the network. Wisdom of the Crowd was mediocre out of the gate, and even Sundays where CBS had late-running football coverage couldn't really lift the drama. Its latest live-plus-3 averages only give it a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.9 million viewers. Wisdom of the Crowd ranks as the least-watched series on CBS' Sunday lineup, narrowly trailing Madam Secretary — which has critical favor and an affluent audience in its corner. The series was a co-production between Universal Television and CBS Television Studios.
Actress Ariane Bellamar accused Piven of groping her while the duo were on HBO's Entourage. Other women have since come forward with similar allegations against the actor, who called the claims "absolutely false and completely fabricated."
Wisdom of the Crowd was the last of CBS' fall freshman slate to receive word of its future. The network has picked up additional episodes of comedies Young Sheldon and 9JKL and dramas SEAL Team and S.W.A.T. The comedy Me, Myself and I was pulled from the schedule and will not air beyond its initial 13-episode order.