Goodbye, girls: Stars say no to more 'Gilmore'
Empty"Gilmore Girls" is coming to an end.
The CW and Warner Bros. Television said Thursday that the long-running series, which debuted on WB Network in 2000 and this season became part of the CW's inaugural schedule, will have its series finale at 8 p.m. May 15.
Sources said that an offer had been put on the table for the show's two stars, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, to continue the series, but an agreement could not be reached.
In a joint statement, the network and studio said that making the announcement about the show's end is a "sad moment."
"This series helped define a network and created a fantastic storybook world featuring some of television's most memorable, lovable characters," the statement said.
"Gilmore" was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who served as co-showrunner/executive producer alongside Daniel Palladino before the duo left the show at the end of last season after a contract dispute with WBTV. Upon their departure, executive producer David S. Rosenthal, who joined the show at the beginning of its sixth season, was tapped to run the series.
The CW and the studio praised the trio along with the rest of the producers, writers, crew and cast members.
"We would also like to thank the critics and 'Gilmore' fans for their passionate support and promise to give this series the sendoff it deserves," the statement said.
"Gilmore Girls" is averaging 3.3 million viewers this season, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The series does especially well with female viewers in the network's target demo of adults 18-34. It's averaging a 3.0 rating/8 share, making it one of the CW's top shows in the demo. Among all adults 18-34, the show is averaging a 1.9/6.
In its first season, the CW's schedule was comprised primarily of shows from the WB and UPN, which merged to form the new network last year.