ABC has canceled Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, its freshman dramedy starring Jason Ritter. The series got off to a slow start in the network’s challenging Tuesday 10 PM slot, which has claimed a slew of short-lived drama series.
Formerly known as The Gospel of Kevin, the show from creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters was in a similar hopeful, light, one-hour style as ABC’s breakout hit The Good Doctor but had a rough time building an audience. It opened with a soft 4.2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 (Live+Same Day), and its ratings slipped in most of the subsequent weeks. The network ordered three additional episodes in November.
Ritter played Kevin Finn, who’s not a good person. He’s not terrible, but he’s selfish and clueless and values material wealth and status over all else. And he’s beginning to realize that those things aren’t making him happy — in fact, he’s fairly miserable. Just when things seem to be at their worst, he finds himself tasked with an unbelievable mission: saving the world. An unlikely celestial guide delivered incredible news: In every generation, there are 36 righteous souls on Earth whose mere existence protects the word. Kevin, she tells him, is the last of them.
JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Chloe East, J. August Richards, Dustin Ybarra and India de Beaufiort also starred in the series from ABC Studios.