Men of a Certain Age has been cancelled by cable network TNT.
The network's slogan says it knows drama. Apparently, it also knows when to cut the cord on a ratings failure.
TNT, owned by Time Warner, said the show quite simply didn't have enough fans. Even in the world of cable television, where the bar is set much lower than network TV, Men pulled in abysmal ratings. For instance, it's now final episode had a rating of 0.4, which was standard. The show averaged 2.3 million viewers per episode, more than a million less than its Wednesday night lineup mate Franklin & Bash.
TNT has been proud to be a part of Men of a Certain Age for two seasons. While the show has featured great storytelling and impeccable performances, the audience simply hasn't built to the point where we can continue the series. This was an extremely difficult decision for us. We wish Ray Romano, Mike Royce and the terrific cast and crew of Men of a Certain Age the very best and look forward to exploring new programming possibilities in the future, TNT said in a statement.
Next year, TNT is banking on a remake of the 1980s soup drama Dallas to bring in solid ratings. The show, focused on the oil-rich Ewing family, will feature actors from the original series Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray along with third generation Ewings played by Jesse Metcalfe and Josh Henderson.
Like many other failed TV shows, Men of a Certain Age was critically acclaimed. Talented TV veterans Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise) along with film/theater mainstay Braugher made up an impressive cast. Braugher was actually nominated for an Emmy for his role as Owen on the show. The show was based on three friends dealing with the reality of middle age.