NBC has canceled freshman comedy Sean Saves the World.
The network initially ordered 13 episodes of the comedy starring Sean Hayes as a gay single father and picked up five additional installments. Of the 18 episodes ordered, 14 have been filmed and 12 have aired. NBC may likely air the remaining two episodes after its coverage of the Winter Olympics, but the four other episodes will not be produced as production on the Universal Television comedy has been shut down, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Sean Saves the World had an uphill ratings battle from the start. Unlike Thursday neighbor The Michael J. Fox Show, which NBC committed to airing a full 22 episodes, Sean Saves the World was middling out of the gate with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers for its October premiere. Things never got better. A recent move to 9:30 p.m. didn’t goose ratings, with the latest episode averaging just a 0.7 in the key demo and a series low 2.6 million.
Season-to-date, Sean Saves the World is averaging a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49 in live-plus-7 returns. The modest 27 percent jump from its live airings (1.1 adults) shows that time-shifted viewers were never that attracted. The still modest Michael J. Fox, by comparison, at least jumps 50 percent in DVR use to average a 1.8 rating in the demo.
For Hayes, however, his Hazy Mills production still has a relationship with NBC, withGrimm continuing to be a sturdy performer on Fridays and unscripted entry Hollywood Game Night returning to the schedule for a winter run after a solid summer bow.
This marks NBC’s second comedy cancellation of the 2013-14 season. Sean Saves the World joins Welcome to the Family, which was yanked after only a handful of low-rated episodes.