May 13, 2020

It is being reported that USA Network has cancelled The Purge after two seasons on the air. The sad news comes five months after the horror drama's sophomore run wrapped.

The hour-long series had a strong debut in 2018, becoming the cable network's top drama at the time. While reviews were mixed, ratings were solid enough to warrant a second season. Viewers tuned out when it returned last fall, though, where it averaged only half of what it did in Season 1.

Based on the movie franchise of the same name, The Purge is set in an alternate version of America, where a totalitarian political party is in power. During a 12-hour period when all crime is legal, even murder, various seemingly-unrelated, conflicted residents of a small city go to great lengths to survive the night as the clock winds down.