Pure Genius: No Additional Episodes Ordered for CBS Freshman Drama

Pure Genius Cancelled Season 1 CBS

CBS’ medical drama Pure Genius doesn’t have much of a pulse.

The network won’t be ordering more episodes of the freshman drama beyond the initial 13, according to our sister site Deadline. It’s not technically cancelled yet, but Season 2 looks like a real longshot at this point. Production on Season 1 wraps up on Dec. 15; the show is expected to keep airing Thursdays at 10/9c for the remainder of its run.

Pure Genius stars Augustus Prew as tech billionaire James Bell, who’s determined to use his vast fortune and high-tech expertise to solve medical mysteries. It premiered in late October to a modest 6.2 million total viewers and an anemic 1.0 demo rating, and at last count (5.3 mil/0.9) had slipped below the average that got Elementary moved from Thursday to Sunday. (Also for reference: Elementary’s immediate successor, Rush Hour, was averaging a 0.9 rating before getting designated for a Saturday burn-off.)

It goes down as a rare miss for CBS, which has had a pretty successful fall season otherwise. It’s already given full 22-episode orders to new comedy Kevin Can Wait and new dramas Bull and MacGyver. Freshman sitcoms The Great Outdoors and Man With a Plan also saw their freshman seasons extended to 19 episodes each.

Has Pure Genius shown any signs of life so far? Hit the comments and give us your diagnosis.

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