‘Heroes: Reborn’ season 2 not happening; series finale coming

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Heroes: Reborn” is ultimately sticking to its original plan, and that is giving you thirteen episodes and that’s it.

While at the TCA Winter Press Tour this week, NBC programming head Robert Greenblatt confirmed that there are no plans at the moment to bring the show back for a second season, not that there were ever any serious plans at all. We hesitate to use the word “canceled” for that very reason, given that it is rather hard to cancel a show that was only intended to be a self-contained arc in the first place.

Of course, with this being said we do believe that had “Heroes” generated ratings that were out of the park (or at least averaged a 2.0 in the 18-49 demographic throughout the entirety of its run), executives would have at least talked with creator Tim Kring about doing another batch down the line. That’s the thing with successful shows; good ratings can cause a series to transform from a “limited series” into something very different in a short amount of time.

Ultimately, we feel as though the biggest issue with “Heroes” was simply that despite the long wait, the show didn’t have enough of a spark to really get people invested beyond the first episode or two. It debuted with solid numbers, but it couldn’t maintain anything close to them in subsequent weeks. Competition can drive down ratings slightly, but when you start to lose half of your premiere ratings during a season it is pretty clear that there is something else at play lack a general lack of interest.

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