Powerless Series Premiere

Powerless Cancelled at NBC

NBC has lost its lust for Powerless.

The superhero-adjacent comedy — which was from the network’s Thursday night schedule last month — has formally been cancelled.

Powerless, starring Vanessa Hudgens as the research director at a security company that protects average citizens from the superhero battles raging all around them, has struggled in the ratings since its February 2 debut. Last week’s airing pulled a mere 2.1 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating — a 30 percent drop in both categories from its Superstore lead-in.

Two episodes of the show’s original 13-episode order still have yet to air — including a guest spot from TV’s original Batman, Adam West. It’s unclear when (or if) those episodes will air. Along with Hudgens, the cast also included sitcom veterans Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory), Danny Pudi (Community), Ron Funches (Undateable) and Christina Kirk (A to Z).

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  1. Van says:

    Such high hopes
    Please stop making shows where everyone is an idiot.

  2. Catherine says:

    Well, no shock it was cancelled, but at least release the last two episodes!

    • fightfan3 says:

      Hopefully they’ll air the last 2 eps in a 1 hour block one day soon so that those few viewers (myself included) will be able to watch it and not have it air without any notice.

      • Patti says:

        I agree with you and have been watching the listings in the hope I will be able to catch the final two episodes.

  3. Michael says:

    Was one of the worst shows this season and one of the most anticipated. Good call

  4. Lyndy says:

    This show was a disappointment…had high hopes

  5. Tomm Huntre says:

    A rare tv misfire by folks at DC. While the super hero based movies and tvnshows go deadly serious, this show stepped too far into the standard NBC The Office/Superstore type of comedy.

    Cancellation not a shock.

    • starfro67 says:

      A “rare misfire by folks at DC?” I’m sorry, but DC has yet to hit the target. I had high hopes for the show when it was first announced, but after the creative changes to the first pilot, it seemed all too clear the show had little chance

  6. T.W.S.S. says:

    In other news, water…wet. But they should put the last two episodes on the NBC app/website.

  7. Grail says:

    WB/DC please take note that this is the second time NBC has screwed up one of your properties. Please do not allow them to have anymore superhero shows. Still bitter about what they did to Constantine.

  8. Ray says:

    ‘Twas garbage. Enough said.

  9. Kris says:

    I’m not surprised.

  10. Absoliute bull shirt. Great show.

  11. awnb95 says:

    No point in getting into any show on NBC since E.R. All the ones I like get canceled in a season or less.

  12. Brian says:

    This show had such a great cast yet the garbage writing killed any possible chance at success. Time to find another show that will be canceled and keep appearing on ‘@midnight’ Ron Funches!

  13. Mario_C says:

    This show was hit or miss. Some episodes were very funny like the episode where they had the women’s focus group (need to find that episode online), some episodes were just flat and not funny at all. Another problem was they tried to make a joke of being PC but that fell flat as well. I will miss the show a little bit because I did have a crush on Green Fury.

  14. This was a super fun show I enjoyed with my kids. There are not enough family friendly shows on tv. You will be missed Powerless

    • Robb Wo says:

      Family-friendly? What did they like best – the swearing, sexual innuendo or all the potty humor? Do they like Game of Thrones too?

  15. bgoo says:

    Enjoyed every episode so far. Smart. Funny. Edgy. Epic opening credits. Hudgens is insanely hot. Ron Fuches is hilarious in it. Too bad it’s going away.

  16. RachelC says:

    Booooo – this was such a great concept, and the casting was good. Let me know when it’s on DVD and I will definitely be purchasing :(

    • Thomas Dunmore says:

      Thanks for your comments. I feel the same. I downloaded the NBC app just to catch the show. I continue to rewatch the show. I felt like something was wrong when no new shows appeared. Another time America got it wrong.

  17. Anonymous says:

    The only cast member to have success post High School Musical is Zac Efron.

  18. Thomas Dunmore says:

    Who are you people? You are glad the show is cancelled but you watched each episode and you want to see the last two unaired shows. Contradict yourself much? I have to say, I loved the show and it’s humor. I laughed so hard because these characters were extremely funny. I couldn’t wait to see the next episode. I have to say, it worked for me. Bring it back. I thought it was well done.

  19. This is why I wait till a series makes it till the end of season and is not cancelled before I’ll watch the first episode.
    I’m absolutely finished getting invested and being screwed.
    Binge watching and cord cut…. and not alone.

  20. Wei Ling Lin says:

    I somehow watched episode 9 first and find it kind of funny, but i have to say the first few episodes are pretty boring and unenjoyable, but is getting better though. Although i am not really surprise it was cancelled.;