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'Jericho' Gets Cancelled Again By CBS

'Jericho', the post-apocalyptic drama which was resurrected by CBS for a second season after protests by the show's devoted fans, has been cancelled by the network for a second time.

And CBS says ratings are once again to blame citing that ratings for its second season were even lower than the first.

"Without question, there are passionate viewers watching this program; we simply wish there were more," says CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler. "We have no regrets bringing the show back for a second try. We listened to our viewers, gave the series an opportunity to grow, and the producers put a great story on the screen. We're proud of everyone's efforts."

'Jericho' averaged 9.2 million viewers in its first season. It has averaged 6.8 million viewers through the first five episodes of the second season, which is a significant decline. The show has been a consistent chart topper online but that was not enough to save it for a second time.

After it was cancelled last May, fans deluged the network with about 40,000 pounds of peanuts — a reference a line uttered in the first-season finale. Surprised by the response, CBS decided to give the show a shortened second season so it could gauge interest in the show. However, as we commented when the network announced it was bringing back the show -- 10 p.m. is not the time you want to be airing a show that is trying to survive and establish itself.

As we reported back in October, producers shot an alternate ending in case ratings didn't pick up and that is likely now that the fate of the series is official. The alternate ending is expected to give fans "huge mythology so that you understand so much about what has happened."

'Jericho's second season and series finale will air this Tuesday, March 25th.

March 24, 2008 |

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