Forbes: ‘Instinct’ Cancelled By CBS, Star Alan Cumming Reacts

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The summer house-cleaning at CBS has discarded yet another midseason drama.

Announced Saturday, the network’s latest programming purge has axed the Sunday night police procedural Instinct, starring Alan Cumming in a groundbreaking U.S. network television role.

Instinct was one of four CBS dramas whose futures were placed in limbo when the network postponed their renewal decisions back in May. The New York City-based detective drama whose protagonists team-up to hunt a bibliophilic serial killer joins The Code, The Red Line and Ransom on CBS’ summer scrap-heap.

The Code and The Red Line lasted just a single season apiece; while Ransom survived for three seasons on CBS as an international co-production that originated in Canada.




Instinct star and executive producer Alan Cumming addressed Saturday’s news on Instagram, writing, “So the word is out. [Instinct] will not be returning for a third season… I’m sorry I won’t be getting to play with [co-star Bojana Novakovic] and the rest of the amazing cast and crew again… I’m grateful for two seasons of fun and gore.”

Novakovic also quickly hopped onto Twitter to share a (colorful) reaction of her own.

The defunct series will assuredly be best remembered for the seminal role of its star—as opposed to its forgettably tepid reviews and stagnated second season ratings.


“I’m also proud to have played the first [ever] leading character in a US network drama who is gay,” Cumming continued in the post. “Yes, really. Because of [Instinct] millions of people will have seen a same sex marriage portrayed for the first time and I hope we changed and opened some minds in the process.”

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The series bears a 56 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and suffered a 58 percent ratings plummet from its March 2018 series premiere to the Season Two, Episode 6 hour that aired on August 4. (Instinct‘s pilot, the second-highest rated episode of the series, drew 11.59 million Live+7 viewers; while the August 4th episode registered 4.92 million.)






Instinct has aired on CBS’s Sunday night midseason lineup since March 2018 without the benefit of a robust lead-in from 60 Minutes and the network’s annual National Football League coverage.

As is cancellation custom, CBS did not rationalize its decision on Saturday, but ultimately it seems the series perished because its mediocre reviews couldn’t justify a move into the peak fall season to juice its ratings—especially since it would mean displacing the network’s popular dramatic mainstays NCIS: Los Angeles and Madam Secretary.

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The Season Two series finale of Instinct will air on CBS on Sunday, August 25.

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Source: forbes.com

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