CBS has canceled its summer dramas “BrainDead” and “American Gothic” after one season each. The cuts leave only one of its three summer scripted original series alive – the previously renewed “Zoo” which will return next year for a third season.
“BrainDead” marked the first post-“The Good Wife” series for showrunners Robert and Michelle King. The political horror satire averaged a dismal 0.4 key demo rating in Live+7 results. The show debuted to just under five million live-same-day viewers in June before finishing its run in September with only half that. The Kings have already moved on, ready to serve as showrunners on the “Good Wife” spinoff for CBS All Access. That show is slated to premiere in February.
“American Gothic” starred Juliet Rylance and Justin Chatwin in a family drama with a serialized whodunnit twist. The straight-to-series project debuted to 3.4 million total viewers before ending its run with numbers that were only slightly better than “BrainDead”.
Both shows were critically panned and pale compared to CBS’ “Under the Dome” which laid the foundation for pricey scripted originals to air in the typically low-rated summer months. The network remains committed to scripted series in the Summer.
Source: The Live Feed