Sad news for mystery and sci-fi fans looking for their weekly dose of drama, but Debris has been canceled by NBC. The drama series debuted on the network back in March and only recently wrapped up its first season. But that season 1 finale is now going to serve as the series finale as NBC has opted not to move forward with the show. For the time being, it does not appear that the series will look to find another home, as has been the case with quite a few other shows that got the axe in recent years. Rather, this looks to be a one-and-done situation.
The show stars Jonathan Tucker, Riann Steele, Norbert Leo Butz and Scroobius Pip. It was created by showrunner J.H. Wyman, who also served as a writer and executive producer. Via his company, Frequency Films. Jason Hoffs, Jeff Vlaming and Samantha Corbin-Miller also served as executive producers. Tucker, taking to Twitter after the news broke, had this to say about it.
"Very proud of the show, the crew, and the cast. Honorable work in process and outcome."
Debris takes place after wreckage from a destroyed alien spacecraft scatters across the Western Hemisphere. It quickly becomes clear that these various pieces of the ship are messing with the laws of physics, changing lives in ways that are difficult to comprehend. Two agents from different continents, who both have different mindsets, are tasked to work together to recover the debris. Humankind is not ready for the mysteries contained within this scattered debris. The first and only season consisted of 13 episodes. The finale aired on May 24. That means NBC didn't have a tough time making the decision as it was a pretty quick turnaround from finale to cancelation.
In the end, it appears this came down to ratings. The show was reasonably well-liked critically, with the show boasting a respectable 72 percent critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, to go along with a 73 percent audience rating. But it averaged just 5 million viewers per episode, when factoring in the live ratings plus seven days of viewing after the fact. This is what is known as the Nielsen Live+7. Nielsen is still the standard-bearer for ratings in the industry and the +7 numbers generally offer a better view of a show's performance in the streaming era. Even taking that into account, it wasn't enough to save the show.
We do, however, live in the era of never say never. Netflix has saved everything from Arrested Development to Lucifer. Fan campaigns have saved shows from cancelation in the past. People are still lobbying to bring Hannibal back. But, at this point, it doesn't seem like Debris has the passionate fan base needed to rescue it from oblivion. As for the shows that NBC opted to renew, the list includes The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., Kenan, Law & Order: Organized Crime, Law & Order: SVU, Mr. Mayor, New Amsterdam, Transplant, and Young Rock. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Good Girls and Manifest are still awaiting their fates. This news comes to us via Variety.