Originally Posted by Steveknj
That's what I'm guessing too. With all the tech in that show (and a show like Intelligence) it probably costs more to produce. And we're not seeing ad rates either. Perhaps they weren't high enough to justify keeping going, or they couldn't sell ads at a high enough rate to justify production costs. Plus, these days those watching on DVR are not nearly as valuable than those watching live with some percentage of those folks not even bothering with ads.
We've also got to remember that when a network decides to cancel a show, it's not always because the show wasn't profitable or that production costs were too high or that ad rates were too low. Prime-time slots on the broadcast networks are a finite commodity. Therefore, any show taking up one of those spots is preventing another show from taking that spot. So if a network exec feels that Show A (even if Show A is profitable) is taking up valuable real estate that could be used by Show B (because the exec thinks Show B will be more profitable that Show A), then the exec will cancel Show A to make room for Show B.
More often than not, Show B does no better than Show A. But the network execs are always trying to find the "next big thing." After airing a few episodes of Show A, it's now a known commodity and if it's not a huge hit, it's unlikely to ever become one. So they're much more likely to cut ties with Show A so they can see what Show B will do, because there is this eternal sense of optimism at the broadcast networks that the next show they premiere will be "the one." And as soon as a show proves that it's not "the one," it is taking up space that could be used for Show C and Show D and Show E that the execs are all sure will be "the one."