WGN America have cancelled their period drama Manhattan after two seasons.
The series was plagued by poor ratings.
The first season averaged 420,000 over it’s 13 episodes, however the ratings dropped to around 240,000 per episode in season two.
WGN America president Matt Cherniss released a statement:
After careful consideration, we have reached the very difficult decision not to move forward with a third season of ‘Manhattan.’ We are proud of this critically acclaimed series, an extraordinary original drama, and are deeply disappointed that such a wonderful show could not find a larger audience. We thank the immensely talented Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme, along with the exceptional cast and crew and our great partners at Lionsgate and Skydance, for crafting a masterful series. We are equally grateful to the dedicated fans for their support over the last two seasons.”
The series dramatized the Manhattan Project’s development of nuclear weapons in 1940s New Mexico. The series starred John Benjamin Hickley, Olivia Williams, William Petersen, and Daniel Stern.
WGN America have renewed their first original scripted series, Salem, for a third season.