After a spate of renewals and cancellations from other networks yesterday, it's NBC's turn for "spring cleaning" today, with the network cancelling the beloved cult comedy Community and the ambitious drama series Revolution.
While Community's cancellation isn't terribly surprising, since the show has essentially cheated death throughout its five-season run, fans were holding out hope that the show could fulfill its "six seasons and a movie" plan, after a report from March revealed that NBC and Sony Pictures Television were optimistic about a sixth and final 13-episode season. Deadline reports that the show's Season 5 renewal was tied into a four-series deal Sony Television made with NBC, that included the new series The Blacklist.
Series creator Dan Harmon returned in Season 5, after being fired at the end of Season 4. The ratings held up when compared to last season, averaging a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, and actually increasing its average total viewers from 3.5 million to 3.7 million per episode. Those numbers are actually higher than Parks and Recreation, which has already been renewed.
Despite the cancellation, our report from March revealed that Sony plans on shopping the show to other outlets for a sixth and final season, including Hulu, which retains the digital rights to the show, and Comedy Central, which has the syndication rights.
Revolution was one of the network's biggest recent hits when it debuted two years ago, with a strong lead-in from reality TV powerhouse The Voice. The ratings did drop in Season 2, when it was shifted to the Wednesday 8 PM time slot, although it still averaged a solid 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.3 million viewers per episode. It isn't known if Warner Bros. Television plans on shopping the show around to other networks, but it seems that the lights have been turned out for good on this show created by J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke.