MacGyver Cancelled After 5 Seasons
The season finale of MacGyver on April 30th has just turned into a series finale: CBS has canceled the restart of Lucas Till after five seasons.
"All of us at CBS are extremely grateful for the incredible work and dedication of Lucas and the rest of the cast, as well as Monica, the writers and the entire crew," said Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, in a statement to Deadline. “The MacGyver team traveled far and wide trying to save the world repeatedly with little more than chewing gum and a paper clip, and clearly made this show their own. We're excited to give this dedicated and loyal fan base the opportunity to say goodbye to their favorite characters in the thoughtful way this series deserves. "
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So far this season, MacGyver has an average of 4.8 million viewers and a demo rating of just over 0.5 (in Live + Same Day numbers) - a 22 percent decrease from Season 4. Of the 14 original dramas that CBS featured in this one TV season, it ranks No. 9 in the demo and 10th in the overall audience.
MacGyver has had a tumultuous year off-screen. Last summer, CBS ended its relationship with EP Peter M. Lenkov over creating a toxic work environment. Two weeks later, Till announced that he had suffered numerous cases of verbal abuse, bullying, and body embarrassment while working with Lenkov. "I've never worked so hard in my life, and I'm good at working hard," Till told Vanity Fair. “But the way Peter treats people is just unacceptable. I was suicidal that first year on the show for making me feel that way. But how he treated the people around me - that's just my breaking point. "
In an Instagram post that followed Tuesday's cancellation messages, Till wrote: “The last five years have been what I will see as the most defining years of my life. Much tough, a lot of love. I've made lifelong friends, not really family. I have learned to push myself to new limits and to break them through and through and through. Was nervous to take on the mantle of an icon and you let me into your homes and accepted me. Thanks to your support, I am now like MacGyvers' Roger Moore. "
This is the third high profile resignation from CBS this year after the previously announced death of NCIS: New Orleans and Mom. The network prepares new branches of NCIS and FBI as well as the return of CSI.
TVLine's 2021 Broadcast Renewal Scorecard has been updated to reflect MacGyver's cancellation.
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