Cancellation Watch: CBS Cancels Angel from Hell; Can Sleepy Hollow Survive on Fridays Like Fringe Did? Plus the Full Ratings Roundup

By | February 9, 2016

angel-from-hell-cbs-cancelledCBS announced late yesterday that freshman (ostensibly) supernatural comedy Angel from Hell has been cancelled after five episodes and will be pulled from the schedule.  That news comes as a bit of a surprise because while it hasn’t been a great performer thus far, it also hasn’t crashed and burned in its Thursday 9 PM EST timeslot.  I have had it at a Moderate Cancellation alert level since its second episode, and while it has only averaged a 1.4 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic, that’s just a couple of ticks below the network’s 1.6 average for non-sports, non-special, non-repeat programming since the beginning of January.  And sitcoms can generally survive with lower ratings because they are less expensive to produce. Angel from Hell hasn’t shown strong DVR gains for the few episodes that data is available for, but it is just getting started off.  I have commented regularly, though, that CBS has little patience for what it considers to be under-performing shows, especially genre entries, and this seems to prove that out.  The networks have been squeamish about cancelling shows this season, especially this quickly, but CBS apparently decided this one wasn’t pulling it s weight (it was regularly the lowest rated segment in that net’s two hour Thursday comedy block) and called in the Network Executioner to dispatch it.  Deadline Hollywood did mention that the show had some behind the scenes troubles (it was delayed from a November start to January) and that CBS has a pretty packed schedule at the moment that they are trying to get ironed out (that can’t even find time to get the fifth season of Person of Interest on the air).  Read the full article at our partner site CancelledSciFi.com.

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