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CBS Passes on Additional Episodes of ‘Pure Genius’

Medical Drama is the First New Series Cancellation on CBS

CBS has opted against ordered any further episodes of “Pure Genius” past the initial 13, meaning that the medical drama has been canceled. Debuting on Oct. 27, “Pure Genius” is the only new series on the Eye net this fall not to receive a full season pick-up following the additional episodes ordered for sitcoms “Kevin Can Wait,” “Man With a Plan” and “The Great Indoors” and dramas “Bull” and “MacGyver.” Four episodes in and “Pure Genius,” starring Dermot Mulroney and Augustus Prew, is averaging a mere 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour.

There is no word, at present, if CBS plans on airing the remaining nine episodes of “Pure Genius.” Coming up in midseason on the network are new dramas “Doubt,” “Training Day” and “Ransom” and sophomore “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. It looks like CBS has at least two episodes still scheduled for this week and next though I wouldn’t be surprised if it got burnt off on Saturdays come January. It’s not surprising that this show got the axe since it very little buzz when it premiered and due to Thursday Night Football, it debuted later than other fall shows. It looks like this show is the third show cancelled so far.