The network has confirmed that it canceled the Sean Hayes-starring freshman comedy, which had filmed two of its remaining five episodes.
"Sean Saves the World" can't save itself from cancellation. NBC has shut down production on the rookie sitcom starring "Will & Grace" alum Sean Hayes which has struggled in the ratings.
"Thanks to @SeanSavesWorld actors & crew & @NBC for a wonderful opportunity," Hayes tweeted after the news broke, jokingly adding, "Looking forward to Obama's minimum wage increase to $10/hr." He also said that he'd "never laughed harder" than he did on the show.
Co-star Megan Hilty also took to Twitter to address the show's cancellation. She wrote, "Thanks for all the kind words about the cancelation of #SSTW. I'm a lucky lady to have gotten to work with such an incredible cast & crew!"
NBC initially ordered 13 episodes of the freshman series before ordering 5 additional episodes. 13 episodes have aired. The two new episodes will reportedly air after the winter Olympics. NBC has earlier pre-empted its Thursday line-up for an "SNL Sports Spectacular" special this week.
Marking Hayes' return to NBC after "Will & Grace" wrapped up in 2006, "Sean Saves the World" follows a divorced gay father (Hayes) who's trying to juggle a career, a 14-year-old daughter and an overbearing mother. It is averaging a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49 in live-plus-7 returns, with the last episode only bringing in 2.6 million viewers.
Another freshman comedy, "The Michael J. Fox Show", also has a lackluster performance, though it posts an average of 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 in DVR use, 50% higher than "Sean Saves the World". The Michael J. Fox-starring series had a straight-to-series 22-episode order, which was completed in December.