It's not you, it's me. Well, actually, it's mostly you and your disappointing ratings. That's what CBS said to its Friday-night dramedy Ex-List late last night before it pulled the show off of its schedule, effectively giving it the old heave-ho. (An official cancellation has yet to be announced, but networks prefer to let shows quietly fade away for PR reasons.) The move comes on the heels of a 20-percent drop in viewers and a season-low 1.6 rating among the 18-49 demographic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On Friday night, the lighthearted Ex-List was mismatched with the serious dramas The Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs, and has largely been a major disappointment in CBS' rock-solid lineup. Beginning this week, CBS will be holding hands with repeats of the rock-solid NCIS instead of The Ex-List, which will presumably be sobbing on the couch and eating ice cream straight from the container.
Based on the Israeli program Mythological X, The Ex-List followed a woman (Elizabeth Reaser) who learns from a psychic that she has already been romantically involved with the man of her dreams. Awesome, right? Well, there's a hitch: If she doesn't reunite with him in a year, she'll never marry her true love. The show made it through four episodes before it was yanked.
The Ex-List joins Fox's Do Not Disturb and ABC's Opportunity Knocks as the only shows to get canceled so far this year. Fox's experiment Hole in the Wall was recently put "on hiatus" and also may not return.
The Ex-List had huge potential, but was plagued with a few problems and never quite got off of the ground. Not only was it stuck on Fridays with a show about a woman who can talk to ghosts and another about a dude who is really good at math, but show runner Diane Ruggiero (Veronica Mars) left the project after six episodes due to creative differences with the network.
Well, at least this means Ex-List's awesome costar Rachel Boston is available!