NBC has decided to halt production on the supernatural show Constantine after the show finishes its initial 13-episode order, according to Deadline. While this is not good news for the show, there is still a possibility that it could see a second season.
The deck was stacked against the show after a late launch gave networks execs only four episodes, instead of the typical seven episodes, to decide whether they wanted to extend the first season. Constantine hasn’t had the immediate success as other DC Comics properties turned TV shows like Arrow or The Flash, but episode 4 experienced an 81% increase in Live+3 ratings and episode 5 jumped up 38% for its live broadcast. The bump for episode 4 shows a big DVR turnout for the show, and fans regard that episode as a major turning point for the show creatively.
NBC is allowing Constantine a fair shot, re-running episodes on SyFy and scheduling for the show’s stars to appear on the broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. The show’s current time slot is also in flux as the previous owner of the Friday 10 PM slot, Hannibal, was just renewed for a third season.
Writer’s note: Live+3 ratings describe the ratings for the show during the initial live broadcast plus the DVR turnout for the next three days.
“Making you a better geek one post at a time!”