ABC Boss Explains “Castle,” “Nashville” Axings

Ahead of today’s upfront presentation, ABC Entertainment Group president Channing Dungey spoke with reporters where there was one obvious question on people’s minds – why cancel the network’s two major on-the-bubble dramas “Castle” and “Nashville”?

Despite the departure of Stana Katic, the signing of new contracts for the other actors on “Castle” suggested ABC had every intention of moving forward with another season. Same with “Nashville” which had already signed respected writers Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick as new showrunners. So why the change of heart?

“At the end of the day, we didn’t feel that even though Castle and Nashville were wonderful shows and good performers for a long time, the future for us didn’t lie in those shows… Looking at ratings, our own finances and looking at new development, decisions came down to the wire, which is the difficult thing about these jobs as we weigh and measure different things.”

“Castle” showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter filmed two versions of the finale – one for if the drama was renewed in which Kate Beckett (Katic) would have likely been killed off, and the other in which the couple lived happily ever after.

The latter aired on Monday night to soft reviews for the rushed way it finished up, but the series closed out with a final season that averaged a 2.0 rating and 10 million total viewers in Live+7 results.

“Nashville” was a similar head scratcher as, despite being one of the network’s only dramas from an outside studio, the series had a sizable DVR boost and pulled in ancillary profits from soundtracks and concert tours.

Source: The Live Feed