Chicago Med actor Ato Essandoh’s current series The Code has been cancelled by CBS after one season and low ratings for this week’s finale.
Essandoh’s co-star Dana Delany broke the news on Twitter, revealing that the CBS series won’t be getting a second season shortly after the first one ended.
It’s a disappointing end for a show that was heavily promoted when it began. The military drama got a plum “special preview” spot sandwiched between NCIS series, and scored pretty high ratings that night.
But once it moved to Monday evenings, the numbers began to tumble and the writing started to appear on the wall. While Dick Wolf’s FBI excelled in its former time slot, The Code fought to find the huge audience that CBS had been hoping for.
It wasn’t renewed at the network’s upfront presentation in May, then it was pulled off of the CBS schedule entirely in June. And while that proved to be a brief hiatus, it was a sign that the network was losing confidence.
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So, too, did the viewers. The first episode back on July 1 had a reasonable, if not stellar, 3.94 million people watching live. It was low for the season, but still good enough to be the third most-viewed show on broadcast TV.
But this week’s season (now series) finale dropped to 2.86 million—losing more than a million viewers, or roughly a quarter of its audience. With the viewers continuing to decline, CBS decided to pull the plug on The Code.
It’s terrible news for Ato Essandoh, who deserves to be a series regular on a show somewhere, with how talented he is. Having The Code cancelled does open the door for him to return to Chicago Med as Dr. Isidore Latham, but that looks unlikely given that Med recently axed both of its cardiothoracic surgeons from the show.
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