This time around, the series that we are speaking about is one that has a dedicated audience, but the problem is just that it wasn’t big enough: “Franklin & Bash.” The series, which stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer, saw its viewership dig enormously during its fourth season, and it also lost Kumail Nanjiani over to HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” With the numbers down to a 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic on average, there really was no choice to cancel the series.
We’re bummed out about it, since we feel bad for fans of the show and for those who worked on it. Unfortunately, this was just so far below the median numbers that TNT gets for their original programs these days. “The Last Ship” was a big summer hit, and “Murder in the First” did well enough to be renewed. With “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Major Crimes” staying solid hits, both “Dallas” and “Franklin & Bash” were in many ways cancellations of success. In the network was bombing elsewhere, who knows? Maybe the two shows may have stayed around for a while longer.
The one thing that we will say here is that TNT did not exactly give “Franklin & Bash” much of a chance to succeed this season. They premiered it in mid-August, and then consequently aired many episodes against fall programming on other networks. That is a challenge for any cable show, especially one that is somewhat-breezy and can be recorded without any spoilers hitting you on Twitter.
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