CBS has cancelled freshman drama “Rush Hour,” Variety has learned.
Based on the film franchise starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, “Rush Hour” starred Jon Foo as a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong and Justin Hires as a maverick LAPD detective who were forced to partner together. Despite the 1998 film and its two sequels grossing nearly $900 million in the U.S. and Canada, the TV adaptation failed to catch on with audiences after bowing at midseason in the Thursday timeslot previously occupied by another odd couple procedural, “Elementary.”
“Rush Hour” held fairly steady following its debut, but was low-rated out of the gate on Thursdays. The series has averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.6 million total viewers in Live+3 estimates from Nielsen. Seven episodes of the show have aired so far, and the series may finish airing its freshman run, but will not return for Season 2.
CBS has already renewed much of its existing slate ahead of its Wednesday Upfront presentation, including “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Madam Secretary,” “Mom,” “NCIS” and its spinoffs “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “Criminal Minds,” “Life in Pieces,” “The Odd Couple,” “Code Black,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Undercover Boss.” The Eye had previously cancelled “CSI: Cyber”. The Eye has ordered new comedy series starring Kevin James, Matt LeBlanc and Joel McHale, along with drama reboots of “MacGyver” and “Training Day,”, plus procedurals “Bull,” starring “NCIS” alum Michael Weatherly; “Doubt,” starring Katherine Heigl, and Jason Katims-produced “Pure Genius.” Freshman drama “Supergirl” will return for a new season, but it will relocate to CBS’ sister network The CW for Season 2.
The fate of fellow freshman drama “Limitless” has yet to be decided.
(Additional reporting by Rick Kissell.)