The struggling legal drama will not return for a second season.
May 15, 2011
CBS has canceled freshman legal drama The Defenders after one season. Also canceled by the network today were comedies Mad Love and $#*! My Dad Says.
The Defenders followed two Las Vegas defense attorneys played by James Belushi and Jerry O'Connell. The series got off to a decent start last September, earning an early full-season pickup after a month of averaging a 2.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic.
However, its ratings started to slip in subsequent airings and CBS elected to move the show to Friday nights, where it continued to stumble. It fell as low as 1.1 in February, before slowly recovering to as high as 1.5 in its second-to-last episode. The show aired its series finale on March 11.
(Source: TV Line)
05/25/12 at 11:56pm
how is it possible to cancel such a great show, i liked this better than ncis both of them and csi las vegas, csi las vegas isnt even funny anymore and the defenders could have become a awesome show if they made more seasons
05/20/12 at 08:07pm
Unbelievable MISTAKE!!! This show's that Management is out of touch with viewers. IDIOTS!!!
05/19/12 at 11:09pm
we loved this show!!!! bad move cbs! it was so entertaining, a breath of fresh air, something a little different. we looked forward to it every week!!! BRING IT BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
05/05/12 at 10:19am
02/01/12 at 03:54pm
I don't think they take the ratings of people watching via hulu and other devices. These people need to get with the times!
01/25/12 at 04:45pm
I can't believe this show was cancelled. I watched the whole 1st season in netflix and was hoping for more.
01/22/12 at 09:16pm
Un****believable! Whats the h*** is wrong with these networks??? The show was well written, well acted and above all entertaining. This was the role Jim Belushi was born to play. He shined! I don't know why I'm so surprised with all these mindless, stupid, idiotic reality shows getting the high ratings. The cancellation of this show confirms the dumbification of America. Piss off CBS!! I pray a cable station picks up the show like they did with Southland another great show that was cancelled by a TV network. Idiots!!
12/16/11 at 09:00am
What a shame....my husband and I loved this show. Great actors and plots. CBS cancells this and gives us more reality shows? Lighten up...thank goodness for netflix...tired of liking a show and the networks cancelling....Who needs tv anymore?
10/09/11 at 07:12pm
what a shame to cancel this good, entertaining, NON-BLOODY show! think again CBS!!
10/07/11 at 08:57am
I LOVED THE DEFENDERS!!! IT WAS MY FAVORITE SHOW!!!! I don't think it was advertised well.... BRING IT BACK!!!!
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