CBS Calls It Quits on Jeremy Piven Drama 'Wisdom of the Crowd'

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Wrapping the last of its back-order decisions for its slate of new fall series, CBS has decided against giving the Jeremy Piven procedural "Wisdom of the Crowd" a full 22-episode run. With production scheduled to conclude in the next few weeks, the show is effectively canceled.

The early end of "Wisdom of the Crowd" coincides with the network's investigation into a number of allegations of sexual harassment that have been levied against Piven in recent weeks. Thus far, four women have come forward to accuse the actor of predatory behavior.

Piven has denied the accusations.

"Crowd" wasn't drawing much of one in its Sunday 8 p.m. time slot, and it is currently CBS's lowest-rated freshman series. Through its first eight episodes, the crime drama is averaging 7.45 million live-plus-same-day viewers and a 1.4 rating in CBS's target demo, which works out to 1.73 million adults 25 to 54.

A year ago in the same time slot, "NCIS: Los Angeles," then in its eighth season, was averaging 10.7 million viewers and a 2.1 in the demo, or around 2.56 million adults 25 to 54.

Delayed viewing probably wouldn't have saved the show's bacon one way or the other. According to the most recent batch of Nielsen C7 currency data, "Crowd" improved its commercial ratings by just two-tenths of a ratings point upon the addition of a full week of time-shifted viewing.

Media buyers surveyed after the May upfront presentations all but unanimously identified "Crowd" and ABC's "Ten Days in the Valley" as the new dramas least likely to make a splash during the fall. They were not incorrect. Advertisers who bought time in "Crowd" during the summer bazaar spent just shy of $107,000 per 30-second ad unit.

CBS is expected to air the four remaining episodes of "Crowd" in its regular time slot. The next scheduled installment is set to premiere on Dec. 10.

"Crowd" joins the newbie comedy "Me, Myself & I" on CBS's short list of discontinued new efforts. The Bobby Moynihan sitcom was yanked off the schedule on Nov. 1, after just five episodes. On the other side of the ledger, the network has given full-season orders to "SEAL Team," "Young Sheldon" and "SWAT," and extended the run of "9JKL" by three episodes.

While CBS doesn't have a deep drama bench, it may elect to replace "Crowd" with the returning hospital drama "Code Black" or the newly-minted Alan Cumming procedural "Instinct."

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