It was the highest-rated network show to get the axe this season, but it looks like "Unforgettable" could be getting a new home away from CBS.
Sony Pictures Television as well as CBS Television Studios have apparently opened up talks with various cable channels, including TNT and Lifetime, to try and convince one of them to grab "Unforgettable" as an original series. TNT itself is no stranger to picking up network castoffs -- two years ago, it rescued the NBC show "Southland" from cancellation oblivion, and turned it into one of the hottest original cable shows on television.
"Unforgettable" could be an even bigger prize for a cable channel. The series, starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, earned a 7.3 rating/12 share in Fast National average overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co., through the end of April, making it the No. 8 program on CBS and No. 12 overall. Its ratings would have made it the No. 2 show on NBC just behind "The Voice," the No. 3 show on ABC behind "Dancing With the Stars" and "Modern Family," and the No. 2 show on Fox behind only "American Idol."
It was one of only three shows from the Top 25 cancelled, all from CBS. The others were "Rob" at No. 19 (6.7/10), and "CSI: Miami" at No. 21 (6.5/11).
ABC already has had one of its shows make the move to cable this year with "Cougar Town" jumping to TBS. Unlike "Unforgettable," however, "Cougar Town" has a much smaller audience, pulling in a 3.0/5 this season, down nearly 28 percent from last year, and coming in at No. 82 overall through the end of last month.
Deadline.com suggests that TNT and Lifetime are the frontrunners for the series, because TNT has already has success with female cop-lead shows like "The Closer," while Lifetime desperately could use one after the failure of "The Protector" and "Against the Wall."
CBS itself said there were no issues with "Unforgettable" creatively ... just that CBS has some strong pilots it wants to air next season, and not a lot of room to air them.
CBS will finish this season as the No. 1 network once again, currently holding 19 of the top 25 television slots.
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