On the heels of TNT canceling Franklin & Bash earlier this week, the network has opted not to continue another procedural, Perception, as TNT is undergoing a brand evolution under new topper Kevin Reilly. Perception, from ABC Studios starred Eric McCormack as a talented but eccentric neuropsychiatrist enlisted by the FBI to assist in solving some of its most complex cases in Chicago. While down 9% from Season 2, Perception still drew a very respectable 2.8 million viewers in Live+Same Day for the summer portion of the current third season, which resumes in February. Perception opened its fourth season with 3.1 million viewers vs. 1.25 million for the opener of Franklin & Bash‘s most recent fourth season.
TNT has been moving toward an edgier fare while keeping some of its biggest procedurals around. “We are going to get edgier, we are going to get louder, and we are going to get more dual (male-female), but we also have an existing audience, we have an existing fan base with a lot of our very popular shows,” Turner Broadcasting’s David Levy said this month. “It’s an evolution, a bridge-type process that will take place as opposed to a turnaround.” Both Franklin & Bash and Perception hailed from outside studios.
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