Tonight, “The Messengers” is ending its run on The CW … and what an unheralded run it really was. This is not so much a fault of the cast, the writers, or anyone else who tried to make this series a success. Instead, we’re looking at how the show was treated by its own network.
“The Messengers”was a mere victim of some less-than-stellar circumstances. When it was first ordered, The CW may have felt that it would be a solid midseason replacement for a show that may have struggled somewhat in the ratings. However, they never really had that, since there was no show in the fall that bombed to the point that they needed to pull it off the air. “The Flash” was a smash hit right away, and while “Jane the Virgin” was not getting enormous ratings, it does have some sort of a critical following. No network wants to put a Golden Globe winning series on hiatus. Therefore, it was saddled in a timeslot on Friday nights (the hardest night that The CW programs) in late spring, a time when their young viewers are starting to spend more time outside as the weather becomes nicer.
What we’re saying here is that it had to be hard for the show to expect it to get a renewal for a second season, and it won’t. It was effectively canceled many weeks ago. For fans of the show, the only real gift is that it continued to air episodes until the finale.
Is there anything that The CW could have done differently? Personally we would have rather seen it delayed until summer and then have it paired with “Beauty and the Beast.” That way, we could’ve had a night of original programming, of two shows feeding off one another. Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be, but if you watch the show, we do hope you get to enjoy the finale!
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