Blair Underwood’s ‘Ironside’ Teetering on Cancellation?


Blair Underwood attends the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles

*Tonight may be the your last chance to see Blair Underwood’s new NBC drama “Ironside.”

Its October 2 bow tied for the lowest rated premiere of a new drama with just 6.8 million viewers, while last Wednesday’s episode dropped to 5.2 million, according to Nielsen. By comparison, 8.8 million watched “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” the winner of Wednesday’s 10 p.m. time slot.

NBC has yet to make any announcement about the series, and may choose to keep it around in hopes Underwood’s appeal will eventually kick in. The blog “TV By the Numbers,” however, left no room for optimism in its story Tuesday, titled, “NBC: Ironside is Certain to be Cancelled.”

So what is the disconnect with audiences? Are viewers simply growing weary of TV remakes? Are there too many cop dramas already?

Is it the wheelchair?


In August, Underwood spoke at length about the amount of time he spent with a technical advisor in becoming believable as a paraplegic police detective.

Listen below.

Below, a preview of the episode airing Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 10 p.m.

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