5:04pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Taken' Reboot Basically Dead at NBC
Taken has essentially been taken out to pasture.
NBC has yanked the second-year drama — a reboot of the Liam Neeson film — from its home on Fridays, effectively canceling the show starring Clive Standen and Jennifer Beals. The handful of episodes remaining will be burned off on Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT starting May 26 (aka after sweeps).
The drama was renewed for a 16-episode second season — with a new showrunner — after the prequel series was a decent, if not great, performer during its rookie run on Mondays after The Voice. The show's status as a cost-effective co-production between Universal Television and Europa Corp., paired with strong international sales, helped land the freshman effort a second run.
Season two of Taken returned in January with less than 3 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The drama aired four episodes before being put on hiatus for a month. After returning in March, the series did not improve and maintained its average of 3 million viewers and a 0.4 in the demo. Taken was preempted this week, and NBC will air a repeat of Dateline in its place.