According to the LA Times, FX’s legal thriller “Damages”, starring Glenn Close and Ted Danson, is in danger of being cancelled due to middling ratings. The network is worried that the shows complicated plotting tests viewer commitment.
There is no word on when a decision on the shows future will be made but there is one factor which may persuade the network to give it a second chance: the prospect that the drama will pick up some major awards, which could trigger interest in a new season.
While the intricately plotted legal thriller starring Glenn Close and Ted Danson has garnered a passionate following, it has not been as sizable as the cable network had hoped. By the end of each week, episodes have averaged a cumulative viewership of 4.9 million people, including 2.4 million 18- to 49-year-olds. Live viewing, on which the network bases most of its ad sales, is substantially lower.
“The ratings are pretty middling,” said John Landgraf, president of FX Networks. “It’s nothing to write home about.” (source)