NBC is poised to cancel “Heroes,” a one-time signature show that has accomplished nothing more in recent years than audience erosion.
New York Magazine says the decision to not give “Heroes” a 13-episode final bow comes as the network has become more confident in its pilot slate for the 2010-11 season. NBC ordered 20 pilots this year, compared to just 10 last year, and it has attracted some big names including “Star Trek” director and “Lost” co-creator J.J. Abrams and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
The news is more in line with what Airlock Alpha has been hearing since late last year, that NBC has not been impressed with “Heroes,” and there’s been absolutely no push to renew it. While NBC didn’t cancel “Heroes” before it ended its most recent season — mostly as a precautionary move before seeing ordered pilots — the show averaged a 3.5 rating/5 share in overnights in the 8 p.m. timeslot on Mondays, and only a 2.7/4 when it moved to 9 p.m.
“Chuck” took over “Heroes” timeslot at 8, and has averaged a 3.7/6, which is slightly better, but that show could be renewed based on the lower cost per episode along with the buzz that continues to surround that series. “Heroes” has had buzz, but not the good kind, as speculation has abounded for months that NBC would likely not bring the series back.
Some of the actors of “Heroes” said DVD sales and international reception could convince NBC to keep the show alive, since as an in-house production, the network’s parent company would reap the benefits. But justifying the cost of a final 13 episodes just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. Instead, “Heroes” could end in a television movie — although some have said the way the fifth season ended could very well serve as an ending for the series.
Final word on “Heroes” is expected to come Monday when NBC makes its spring upfront presentation to advertisers, unveiling much of its 2010-11 schedule. Many observers — including Airlock Alpha — are convinced that “Heroes” will not be on that list.
“Heroes” finished its fifth season in February, but would normally air Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.