Lacking the more upbeat spark of lead-in Grimm, up against the world series, and airing on a night where its biggest audience is out of the house, NBC has halted production on Constantine, stopping it at its order of 13 episodes.
The show hasn’t been the rating hits that NBC wanted, with it averaging 4.5 million viewers, and only a 1.4 rating.
Let’s be honest, it’s probably not coming back, which is a shame because the show has just started to get good.
The pilot was below average, and it didn’t help that the female lead was replaced during editing of that episode. It’s on too late–a comparable show is Supernatural on the CW which airs at 9 PM. Friday has been death for NBC at 10PM, with Hannibal and Dracula also failing to match Grimm‘s ratings. However, both of those shows were co-produced with money from other countries, while Constantine is not, so it’s a bigger gamble for NBC.
I enjoy the character Constantine, but the series started poorly, it’s on the wrong night and at the wrong time.
I hope the show comes back next season, but my hopes are low.
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.