CBS won’t be going back to Battle Creek. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the drama has been canceled after just one season. Freshman comedy The McCarthys, long considered finished, has also been formally canceled, as has rookie drama Stalker.
Stalker was the latest drama for uber-producer Kevin Williamson. Starring Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q and produced by Warner Bros. Television, Stalker went into the season with very little goodwill. Critics hung it out to dry for its violence and victimization of women, and viewers never sampled it in droves. It was hardly a flop, averaging a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49, but it never seemed like a priority for the network. It earned a confusing 20-episode freshman season, not a traditional abbreviation or a full 22, and it disappeared from the schedule for months for CSI: Cyber. When it moved to Monday night’s Scorpion hour, for what basically amounted to a burn-off, the earlier time slot did nothing to boost its ratings. With the cancellation, Williamson goes from three shows to one.