After only three episodes, ABC has cancelled Wicked City, the 1980s-era serial killer show. The drama starred Jeremy Sisto as a detective investigating a murder spree by a psychotic couple (Ed Westwick, Erika Christensen) in Los Angeles. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that there are five more episodes completed, but it’s not clear if they will air on ABC or will be streamed online.
Wicked City suffered from poor ratings from the beginning. Only 1.7 million people watched this week’s episode and it had a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 (that’s really, really bad.) It’s the first network show of the fall to be cancelled, an occurrence which usually happens far sooner than mid-November. “Broadcasters have been ultra-hesitant to get rid of any shows this fall given the ratings climate and the knowledge that you only want to remove a show from the schedule if you’re confident you have another program to replace it that will perform better,” writes EW. Other shows that are performing poorly and seem likely candidates for the chopping block are NBC’s The Player, Fox’s Minority Report, and ABC’s Blood and Oil.