CBS cancels 'Jericho'


CBS has nuked "Jericho."

Producers have been told the show is ending its run on the broadcast network, sources said.

CBS will air the season finale on Tuesday with an ending that helps give closure to fans.

After the first season concluded with an abrupt cut to black, fans famously inundated CBS with tens of thousands of pounds of peanuts to urge the network to continue the show. For the seven-episode second season, producers shot two endings – one that leaves viewers in suspense for a third round, another that is more conclusive.

The ending that will air Tuesday night doesn't entirely slam the door on the series and is only slightly different from the cliffhanger version, sources said. The ending also doesn't preclude the possibility of "Jericho" finding a second life on cable, though the economics of the production will likely prevent a continuation of the show.

The most recent episodes of "Jericho" have averaged about a 1.9 rating among adults 18 to 49 during their Tuesdays at 10 p.m. time period.

CBS declined comment, though a formal announcement is expected later today.