The cancellation was foreshadowed by the CW’s decision last month to send the series from Wednesday to Friday. While Life Sentence had done OK in delayed viewing and on-demand — largely because of the following Pretty Little Liars alumna Hale has among young viewers — it had struggled mightily in linear ratings, hitting a dismal 0.1 Live+same day in 18-49 before its Friday move. The show stayed at the 0.1 demo level in its outings on the new night.
“I was emotionally attached to this story and to everyone involved so I’m a little shell shocked right now, but I feel fortunate that we got to tell a beautiful story,” Hale wrote. “Sometimes things don’t resonate with the audience, and shows just don’t work but I’m so proud of what we accomplished & for the experience I had. Life Sentence was a show that a lot of us needed, and I am beyond grateful for those who gave our show a chance.”
Life Sentence followed Stella (Hale), a girl who has spent the past eight years living like she was dying (because she was). Just like the “manic pixie dream girl” heroines in her favorite sappy cancer movies, Stella traveled the world, faced her darkest fears and found true love on a whirlwind trip to Paris. But when Stella finds out that her cancer has been cured, she suddenly is forced to face the long-term consequences of the “live in the moment” decisions she made, including marrying a total stranger.
Life Sentence was produced by Doozer Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Erin Cardillo, Richard Keith, Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold, Oliver Goldstick and Lee Toland Krieger executive produced.
The cancellation of Life Sentence comes after the CW yesterday renewed its midseason drama The 100 for a sixth season. That leaves two CW series whose fate has not been decided: iZombie, which is on the bubble, and freshman Valor, which has no chance of coming back.
Here is Hale’s full post: