Bad news for Katherine Heigl and her new CBS legal drama Doubt as the show will likely be cancelled. It has been announced that it will be pulled from its scheduled Wednesday night primetime slot after just two episodes. While the show completed taping 13 episodes before Christmas there is no word regarding when or even if the last 11 shows will air at all.
This is the second time a series being heralded as a last chance effort to revive Heigl’s career has failed. Her recent short-lived nighttime television show, State of Affairs, ended after only one season on NBC due to poor ratings. It would seem that the decision to pull Doubt off the air after only two episodes is the final blow to Heigl’s television career.
While the show received largely positive reviews, mostly for its acting rather than storylines, the rating just weren’t there. The series premiere of Doubt earned a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.31 million total viewers. This was slightly less then Code Black, the show Doubt replaced in the same time slot. The second episode of Doubt earned even less viewers with a 0.6 rating and 4.03 million viewers. Even more difficult for the network to bear was the loss of 45% of the total viewership of its lead-in, Criminal Minds. The show also fell far behind ABC’s Match Game among the coveted young adult viewer.
CBS will show a rerun of Bull at 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in place of Doubt. The following week, the second season of Criminal Minds: Beyond Border will premiere, and will take over the timeslot going forward. The 34th season opener of Survivor at 8 ET/PT will be the lead in to Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders going forward.
The series starred Katherine Heigl as an attorney who falls for her client, who has been accused of murdering his girlfriend. His guilt or innocence was an on-going question to be played out throughout the season. Laverne Cox, Dulé Hill, Elliot Gould and Dreama Walker rounded out the cast of defense attorneys in a New York legal practice. Judith Light also had a guest starring role as Heigl’s mother.
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