Looks like Kevin will be joining Donna six feet under.
CBS has cancelled Kevin Can Wait after two seasons, TVLine has confirmed.
As well publicized, Kevin underwent a major overhaul in Season 2. Original cast member Erinn Hayes was let go and essentially replaced by Kevin James’ former King of Queens costar Leah Remini, who plays Kevin’s former police partner Vanessa Cellucci. Together, the two started a private security firm, with much of Season 2
doing everything it could to avoid making them a couple focused on their fledgling business.
Kevin Can Wait this season averaged a 1.2 demo rating along with 6.4 million weekly total viewers (in Live+Same Day numbers), down 25 and 16 percent from its freshman run and hitting series lows as recently as April 30. That said, it ranks a decent enough fourth among all CBS comedies, behind Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon and Mom.
Word of Kevin‘s fate comes just hours after CBS axed fellow Monday night sitcom Superior Donuts.
The cancellation was first announced by executive producer Andy Fickman:
Well folks that sadly is a series wrap on Kevin Can Wait. So proud of what we did and this remarkable and talented Cast, Writers & Crew. Also a special thanks to the amazing people of Long Island who welcomed us with open hearts! Onward to the next exciting adventures but will carry treasured memories of KCW with me!
James and Remini later addressed the cancellation on Instagram:
I want to say thank you to all the fans for the love and support. I was so blessed to be able to work every day with the most amazing cast, crew, writers and support team! Thank you all! Thank you @cbstvstudios and thank you @sony for your constant dedication to the show. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world… Okay, maybe a season 3. Love to all.
I want to say thank you to the amazing cast, crew, producers, and the writers of @kevincanwaitcbs. You accepted me with open arms. For me to get to work with @officialkevinjames again day in and day out was a Godsend. I laughed everyday, and I will miss that the most. You don’t always get a second chance at something that meant so much to you and I did, and I am so grateful for it. It came at a time when I needed to laugh. So thank you all. I am so happy that it happened and I will miss seeing all of you. Thank you to @cbstv and @sony for a great time. #kevincanwait