Debra Messing is off the case: NBC has cancelled The Mysteries of Laura after two seasons, TVLine has learned.
Laura‘s axing comes despite the show emerging as something of a surprise success story for NBC in Season 2. It’s March 2 finale drew 7.4 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, rising 13 percent and two tenths to tie its season high in the demo and thus equal its best rating in a year (since Eric McCormack’s February 2015 visit).
NBC’s lack of ownership stake in the show (Laura is a Warner Bros. property) likely weighed heavily in the network’s decision to whack it. Meanwhile, TVLine has learned that Warner Bros. has no current plans to find a new home for Laura.
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In TVLine’s annual “Keep or Cut” poll, nearly 50 percent of respondents urged NBC to bring the show back, while only 16 percent called for its axing.
Messing took to Twitter shortly after the news broke to address the show’s fans. “My dear Diamonds,” she wrote, “Our story has ended but it was a joyous story to tell. We are all so grateful to you for your love.”NBC is set to formally announce its new fall schedule on Sunday. New series on deck include the sci-fi saga Timeless from Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan, the Charlaine Harris drama Midnight, Texas, and a spinoff of The Blacklist.
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