CBS Studios responds on 'Medium'

Calls NBC's cancellation 'inexplicable'

There is no love lost between CBS and NBC, but the bad blood between the two companies boiled over Tuesday when NBC canceled the CBS TV Studios-produced drama "Medium."

Following NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman's comments, in which he called "Medium" and fellow canceled veteran "Earl" -- both from outside studios -- "an aging franchise, without a single fan letter, with no passion," CBS Studios came out with a sternly worded statement.

"NBC's cancellation of 'Medium' is inexplicable to us," the statement said. "The ratings don't lie: 'Medium' outperforms many of NBC's renewed shows.

"Despite inconsistent scheduling, 'Medium' -- under the creative vision of (creator) Glenn Gordon Caron, one of the most preeminent producers in television -- has always performed with distinction both creatively and commercially. Multiple award-winning actress Patricia Arquette and the cast have delivered a stellar series for five consistent seasons. The awards and ratings speak for themselves.

"We believe the show has a significant future and await developments."

Ironically, "Medium," which had been used by NBC as a midseason replacement for the past couple of seasons, hit a series low for an original episode Monday with a 1.9/5 among adults 18-49 with an anemic lead-in from "Deal or No Deal."

CBS TV Studios is already in negotiations with sister network CBS, which is expected to take in the veteran drama, possibly as a companion for "Ghost Whisperer" on Friday. (NBC has to release the canceled series by Wednesday night.)

Similarly, "Earl" producer 20th TV is in discussions with Fox and ABC.