I guess the ratings were a little too scary in the beginning of the first season of Constantine for NBC to invest a full season to it. However, apparently, this doesn’t mean that the show has been wholly cancelled. There’s still a possibility that NBC may bring it back for a second season, seeing as the ratings for it were climbing. Albeit a little too slow for the peacock network:
Constantine, executive produced by Daniel Cerone and David Goyer, has not been a breakout the way fellow NBC Friday genre drama Grimm was in its debut. But NBC brass were probably encouraged by the freshman’s +38% week-to-week ratings jump for Episode 5 this Friday, hours after the decision to halt production was made official. It was the show’s highest mark since the series debut, and its best retention of the Grimm lead-in, also since the premiere. Additionally, Constantine, based on the DC property, has a strong fan base because of its comic origins and has seen big DVR lifts, most recently rising +81% in Live+3 for Episode 4, regarded by fans as a possible creative turning point in the series.
Granted, there are some things to consider about Constantine. It could be due to the dark setting of the series, being that it has a much darker and sinister tone than NBC’s more popular supernatural show, Grimm. It could be due to the fact that it shows on Friday nights at 10pm, but given that people tend to DVR stuff, that’s hardly a major cause. It could be due to the slower pace at the beginning of the season. It really did take time for people to warm up to the characters and for the writers to introduce other popular characters from the comics, like Papa Midnite, for example.
But maybe it’s just a little bit of all of those things put together. Either way, those who like it really like it, and maybe NBC will really put their minds to it and renew it for a second season.
I mean, c’mon, ABC/Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was highly taunted as being a waste of time in its inaugural season, but has improved greatly in this sophomore run. So, it’s possible.