‘Wisdom Of the Crowd’ Eyes Cancellation: No Back Order For Jeremy Piven CBS Drama Series
CBS has made a back order decision on its last remaining new fall series, opting not to pick up additional episodes of drama Wisdom of the Crowd.
The crime drama is slated to wrap production on its 13-episode original order in mid-December. Nine of them already have aired. For now, the plan is for the remaining four to continue to air in the series’ Sunday slot.
The back order decision on Wisdom of the Crowd, delayed almost to the last possible moment, had been being complicated by an investigation CBS recently launched into sexual harassment allegations against star Jeremy Piven. To keep the writers room open, the network had ordered three additional scripts.
While Piven has vehemently denied any allegations, more and more women have come forward, most recently a former Entourage extra who claimed over the Thanksgiving break that the actor sexually assaulted her in 2009.
Wisdom of the Crowd landed a series order by CBS in May after strong testing, with Piven’s character getting high marks. The critically panned drama, which stars Piven as a tech billionaire who sells his company to launch a venture dedicated to fighting crime via crowdsourcing, was not a breakout but has been a steady modest ratings performer in the Sunday 8 PM slot where it has been getting boosts from NFL doubleheaders every other week. Last night, Wisdom drew a 0.90 rating in adults 18-49 (Live+same day) and 6.9 million viewers, not far off from its first episode after the premiere (0.98, 7.8 million).
Of the other freshmen, CBS gave a full-season pickup to comedy Young Sheldon and drama S.W.A.T., ordered three more episodes of Mark Feuerstein’s multi-camera comedy series 9JKL and no more episodes of single-camera comedy Me, Myself & I.