Although NBC has yet to confirm the fate of “The Cape” it now looks like this will be the only season the series will have as the network confirms it will not air the season finale.
Plans to air the final episode of the season — and possibly of the series — have be scrapped and instead the episode will only be available as an online exclusive. This move in itself is not evidence that the series will meet cancellation but it doesn’t look good for the comic-book inspired series.
“The Cape” premiered with a 5.0 rating/8 share in a special Sunday airing Jan. 9. However, when the show made its move to its regular Monday slot, ratings fell quickly and have continued to dwindle. Last month the production order for “The Cape” was reduced from 13 episodes to 10, coming as an early indication that this could be the only season of the series.
Despite the audience loss, “The Cape” is holding on to a larger audience than what NBC had been doing with the timeslot previously.
Originally, “The Cape” was pitched for a fall 2010-11 series but failed to inspire enough confidence from NBC that it could survive against such tough competition. Instead, the show was held back as a mid-season replacement with an order for a 13-episode season … an order that was then cut down to 10.