The headline of ‘Outlaw canceled’ was not surprising after the shows recent ratings. NBC canceled Outlaw on Monday night, and it was just reported as being official. According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC will finish airing the rest of the episodes that they purchased on Saturday nights. They have four episodes left to air, and the first will be aired at 8 p.m. this Saturday (October 16). The only problem is that they are probably going to end the season unresolved, and that it certainly isn’t going to lead to a great ending for fans that have enjoyed the show on NBC this fall.
This past Friday, Outlaw drew just 4.2 million viewers according to the Nielsen estimates, good enough (or bad enough) for third place in the 10 p.m. time slot. Friday night’s have not been kind to Outlaw at all, with the show coming in well behind another new show in Blue Bloods on CBS as well as falling behind 20/20 on ABC. On October 8 Blue Bloods had 11.1 million viewers to win the time slot again, and it is apparent that NBC decided that they didn’t want to lose the slot anymore.
It’s not like NBC gave Outlaw a real chance to survive in that time slot, and burying it at 10 p.m. on Friday nights behind Dateline: NBC wasn’t exactly providing a good lead in on one of the toughest nights of television to secure an audience. NBC hasn’t announced what they will be doing at 10 p.m. on Friday nights for the immediate future, but it is easy to imagine that they will simply air repeat episodes of one of their other weekly shows. It also wouldn’t be surprising if they just showed older episode of Dateline: NBC in there.