Drama is fall season's first cancellation
“Made in Jersey” is looking like the fall season’s first cancellation, with CBS pulling the frosh drama from its schedule Wednesday.
“Undercover Boss” has been dispatched to fill the Friday p.m. gap beginning Nov. 2.
While a CBS spokesman said no decision has been made on the ultimate fate of the series, it’s unlikely “Jersey” will return to the Eye’s sked any time soon given its weak ratings in its first two outings. “Jersey” opened Sept. 28 to a meager 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo, and it saw little lift in DVR consumption. A second episode slumped to a 0.8 rating in the demo, putting “Jersey” atop the list of challenged series expected to get the hook this early in the season.
The fourth season of “Boss” will unspool in the 8 p.m. timeslot, pushing “CSI: NY” to the 9 p.m. slot where “Jersey” flopped. Repeats of “NCIS” and “Hawaii 5-0” will air in that slot in the three weeks until “Boss” begins.
Friday is a notoriously difficult night for launching new programming, which gave “Jersey” an uphill battle from the start. Earlier this week, NBC reversed its decision to launch a pair of comedies, “Community” and “Whitney,” later this month on Friday, and both series could end up moving to a different night.
“Boss” returns to the sked the same night ABC is moving “Shark Tank” from 8 to 9 p.m. to make room for the comedy pairing of “Last Man Standing” and “Malibu Country.”
CBS may also be contemplating taking the ax to another night: Monday, where the comedy “Partners” has struggled at 8:30 p.m. despite lead-in support from “How I Met Your Mother.” While the network brought into the fall as solid a lineup as you’ll see in primetime, none of its new series has popped in the ratings and many of its returning series are down from previous-year ratings (though that’s largely true across the board at the Big Four).
Other poorly performing series on the receiving end of cancellation speculation include Fox’s “The Mob Doctor.”
From CBS Prods. and Sony Pictures Television, “Jersey” stars Janet Montgomery as a streetwise attorney who joins an upscale Manhattan law firm. Exec producers are Kevin Falls, Jamie Tarses, Julia Franz and Mark Waters.