CBS pulls ‘CHAOS’ from Friday schedule

In a disappointing move, CBS cancelled CHAOS after only three aired episodes. But with premiering the CIA dramedy on a Friday night, did they really expect high viewership?

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When the show premiered, it pulled in a modest 6.5 million viewers. But CHAOS failed in its key demographic of 18 to 49-year-olds by only making a 1.1 rating. Again, what did CBS expect from a Friday night?

Then again, the number of viewers fell over the course of the following two weeks, only garnering 5.6 million viewers in week two and 5.5 million in week three. That obviously didn’t bode well.

CHAOS deserves better than only three chances at gaining an audience on a Friday though. Not only did the show receive some good attention from critics, it offered an interesting cast of characters. The cast included Ugly Betty’s Freddy Rodriguez as the lead, as well as That ’70s Show‘s Kurtwood Smith and Without a Trace‘s Eric Close.

Despite filming 12 episodes in total, it looks like CHAOS is off the airwaves for good. CSI: NY repeats will run in its place for two weeks. Starting May 6, the Canadian drama Flashpoint will finally return to TV and take over the 8 PM Eastern Friday timeslot. It’s just too bad they took over for a decent show that didn’t get much of a chance.

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