Biggest TV Cancellations of 2018

Although it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the new TV series that are being introduced on primetime and via online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, there are some shows that make waves when networks announce their cancellation. Some, like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, even make enough of a splash that other networks pick them up and redeem them from cancellation.

This year, a whole slate of our favorite shows were cancelled. Here’s a quick list of some of the largest cancellations that have happened so far in 2018.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

This ensemble drama about Brooklyn police detectives stars Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, and Andre Braugher, and has been on the air since 2013. It had just finished its fifth season when it was abruptly cancelled by Fox.

Although ratings for Brooklyn Nine-Nine have never been extremely high, tons of fans came out of the woodwork when Fox announced its cancellation, and it created enough of a buzz that NBC, who always had the rights to the show but never aired it, announced that they would be producing the show’s upcoming sixth season.


Once Upon a Time

Based on Disney characters and stories, as well as literature, mythology, and folklore, Once Upon a Time ran for seven extremely successful seasons before it was cancelled in 2018.

The first six seasons followed Emma Swan (played by Jennifer Morrison), the only person who can break the curse put on the town of Storybrooke and all its fairy-tale residents by the Evil Queen Regina. The seventh season followed Emma’s son and was set in a different location, and it was most likely these changes in scenery and characters that led to much lower ratings than the other seasons, which ultimately led to the show’s cancellation.


Shonda Rhimes is the undisputed queen of primetime, and Scandal is one of the most binge-worthy shows on her roster. This drama about real-life Washington political fixer Judy Smith (whose on-screen substitute, Olivia Pope, is played by Kerry Washington) is coming to an end this year with an abbreviated seventh season. The decision was made jointly by Rhimes and ABC executives, who always envisioned the show lasting for seven seasons.

After Scandal’s final episode airs, Rhimes goes on to focus on her new show Still Star-Crossed. If you’re dying for more Rhimes drama and can’t wait until her new show comes out, you’re in luck — Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder are still going strong.

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