“Medium” has been canceled, according to lead actress Patricia Arquette. CBS has yet to announce that “Medium” is being canceled, but after they cut the episode order, things were already looking down for the Friday night drama.
According to Lynette Rice at Entertainment Weekly, Arquette told them that “we got canceled.” With that comes immediate rumors about how the show will end, and it seems like the writers are really intent on sending this one out with a bang. If the reports are true, this would be the second time that “Medium” has been canceled, and it probably does dictate that this is the end of the road.
Arquette also told EW that when she asked the writers about the final episodes of the show, they told her that, “we’re just going to burn the whole thing down!” That sounds pretty dramatic and quite exciting all at the same time, and it will be interesting to see just how far the writers decide to take the show in those final two episodes. They still have two episodes left to film for “Medium” and that will definitely give them time to close out the show in a way that presents quite an impact.
It’s a bit of a mystery why CBS would give up on “Medium” at this point, and quite telling that they aren’t going to make a real attempt at keeping quality programming on Friday nights. This season in the 8 p.m. time slot, “Medium” has been averaging 7.1 million viewers. This past Friday night, “Medium” drew 6.72 million viewers, enough for first place in the time slot by quite a bit. Winning its time slot apparently wasn’t good enough for the network, though, and maybe it is because they want to have cheaper programming at the 8 p.m. hour.
CBS has completely controlled the Friday night ratings this year, winning all of the time slots each week, with “CSI: NY” nearly 3 million viewers ahead of the next show at 9 p.m. and “Blue Bloods” more than 5 million viewers ahead of the next show at 10 p.m.. That could bring out another theory: Possibly CBS doesn’t think that “Medium” is serving as a good enough lead-in for their other two marquee shows, and they feel something else will work better at 8 on Fridays. It’s always a risk to do something like that, but CBS must feel that they can pull it off after finding so much success this fall.
There has been no official announcement from CBS about what they plan to do with “Medium,” so at this time we don’t have any information about when they will air the series finale yet.