NBC’s ‘Revolution’ season 2 preempted until April; bad sign?

NBC informs us that the April 2 episode of “Revolution” will be an original rather than a repeat. Disregard the information in regards to scheduling below.

At this time of the year, there are a few signs that you can look at when it comes to the future of a show, and that includes whether or not a show is being held off for a given amount of time. This is something that we’ve seen happen to “Beauty and the Beast,” and now “Revolution” is suffering the same exact fate over on NBC.

According to Tvbythenumbers, the drama has been preempted for the next few weeks on the network; it was planned for some time to not air next week thanks to a news special, but it has now also be preempted on April 2 and the following week for repeats of “Law & Order: SVU.” This allows that drama to better set up some of its biggest episodes, including one that features the return of Pablo Schreiber as the ruthless William Lewis.

Does this mean for sure that “Revolution” is canceled? Not necessarily, and it is logical for NBC to get away from repeats of a show that historically does very bad in that department. Still, the fact that the show only drew a 1.2 in the 18-49 demographic for its last episode is most of the proof you need that the show is done for. “Revolution” simply couldn’t match the quality that it needed to for most of its first season, and that is why it was never able to recover and maintain an audience this year. It and “Parenthood” are the lowest-rated dramas on the schedule right now, save for “Dracula” and “Hannibal” on Friday night (which operate a little bit differently given the way that NBC has funded them).

An official decision on “Revolution” is probably going to come at May, as the network starts to unveil their full slate of shows for the fall.

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