Popular CBS show could return after previous cancellation

Junie Sihlangu
Aug 06, 2018
10:41 A.M.

Code Black fans need to keep their fingers tightly crossed because there’s a possibility the show might survive its cancellation. CBS initially canceled the series in late May.


However, season three episodes have been playing out since. The performance of the last season is what made the network talk about reconsidering.

The summer episodes of Code Black season three have performed consistently in the ratings. They’ve been well enough that CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl told reporters on Sunday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that he's taking a second look at the show.

Kahl said, "We did" have some second thoughts about bringing the series back. The show’s in-season episodes in April and May averaged a 0.7 rating.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. This was for adults between the ages of 18 to 49.

The series had 5.38 million viewers the night they aired and have since improved to 1.2 in the demo and 8.42 million viewers after a week of delayed viewing. Code Black’s demo ratings were off by about 30 per cent vs. season two.

"It's doing incredibly well. It's a well-done show. We'd like to figure out a way to maybe make it work."

CBS President Kelly Kahl, TV Line, August 5, 2018

The summer episodes that aired following the show’s cancellation didn't have stayed at a same-day 0.7 in the 18 to 49 demo. They averaged 5.76 million viewers.

The show's live-plus-3 ratings were on par with the April-May run too. However, a resurrection for Code Black is nowhere near confirmed yet.


"The economics were a little challenged on it," Kahl said. The President admitted that Code Black, a co-production between CBS' sister studio and ABC Studios, was “certainly performing well."


The series focuses on the lives of doctors, nurses and staff members at an overcrowded emergency room in Los Angeles. Marcia Gay Harden, Raza Jaffrey, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Chandra, William Allen Young, Harry Ford, Luis Guzman, and Benjamin Hollingsworth are part of the cast.

On season two, Rob Lowe joined the series. It was created by Michael Seitzman and was inspired by a documentary of the same name by Ryan McGarry.

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