This is the first major programming decision since Kevin Reilly was hired to oversee both TNT and TBS last week. The ratings for Franklin & Bash dropped significantly from Season 3 to Season 4, with the season premiere, The Curse of Hor-Ala drawing in just 1.2 million viewers, a sharp 60% decrease from the Season 3 premiere last year. The season finale, "Red or Black", which aired on October 22, drew just 975,000 viewers.
The cancellation comes as TNT seeks to reinvigorate its drama brand. Here's what Turner Broadcasting president David Levy told Deadline last week.
"We are going to get edgier, we are going to get louder, and we are going to get more dual (male-female), but we also have an existing audience, we have an existing fan base with a lot of our very popular show. It's an evolution, a bridge-type process that will take place as opposed to a turnaround. You are going to see shows like Legends and Public Morals that are going to bring us on a path to a more edgier type of shows; this is a path we are taking."
Franklin & Bash followed the legal adventures of attorneys Jared Fraklin (Breckin Meyer) and Steven Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), whose unconventional courtroom methods are often successful. Malcolm McDowell, Reed Diamond, Kumail Nanjiani, Dana Davis and Garcelle Beauvais co-starred on the series.