After getting the chop the first time, fans of Jericho were so outraged they famously bombarded CBS with peanuts. It was such a concerted campaign it was enough to win a seven episode reprieve.
But that’s it.
“The March 25th episode of Jericho will be the series finale,” CBS has now said in a statement. “Without question, there are passionate viewers watching this program; we simply wish there were more. We thank an engaged and spirited fan base for keeping the show alive this long, and an outstanding team of producers, cast and crew that went through creative hoops to deliver a compelling, high quality second season.
“We have no regrets bringing the show back for a second try. We listened to our viewers, gave the series an opportunity to grow, and the producers put a great story on the screen. We’re proud of everyone’s efforts.”
For the seven-episode second season, producers shot two endings — one that leaves viewers in suspense for a third round, another that is more conclusive. Guess which one will air?
The massive protest that saved Jericho last year has been called the largest fan effort ever to try and halt a network cancellation of a series.
The outcry put CBS in a tough position, whether to renew a show that has below-the-line ratings, yet unprecedented fan support. Unfortunately for the network and fans, the second season’s Nielsen ratings were even lower than the first.
In an Australian first Network TEN famously launched Jericho simultaneously with the US, but dropped the show from schedule even before the US problems. It hasn’t been seen since June.
Source: Hollywood Reporter