CW show becomes second corpse of the new season.
Project Runaway is over.
The CW has pulled the plug on the action drama series, which had struggled in the ratings since its premiere four weeks ago. The show is the second cancellation of the new season--the first being CBS's Smith--and one of the two new shows CW had brought to the air (the other being Girlfriends spin-off The Game).
Runaway, which starred Donnie Wahlberg as a man whose family must go on the run after he is falsely accused of murder, averaged 1.8 million weekly viewers. CW will fill the time slot with repeats until further notice.
Last week, the network flip-flopped 7th Heaven and Runaway from their Monday night berths to Sunday, and moved the Sunday comedy block of Everybody Hates Chris, All of Us, Girlfriends, and The Game--all of which had abysmal premieres three weeks ago--to Monday. The move paid off for the comedies this week, with the shows gaining 15 percent from the week before.
Smith and Runaway are the only official cancellations of the new season, but several others have been put on hiatus or not been renewed. Fox sitcoms 'Til Death and Happy Hour were pulled until November, and NBC's Kidnapped was shuffled to Saturday and will wrap production after its 13th episode is filmed.
The fledgling CW network--home to Veronica Mars, Smallville, and America's Next Top Model--is about equal in viewers to where The WB and UPN, from which the CW arose, were last year. CW president Dawn Ostroff said last week the Net is still trying to inform people on which new CW stations they can find their favorite UPN and WB shows.