‘The Mayor’ has been cancelled by ABC and will not be returning for a second season.
With four episodes left in its current season, the show has been pulled and the unaired episodes will be replaced by Modern Family repeats for the time being.
ABC Studios will shop the comedy, about an idealistic rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for mayor and wins, elsewhere. Hulu, a joint venture with Disney, has stacking rights to the series.
Executive produced by Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs, The Mayor was paired with Black-ish on ABC’s Tuesday comedy lineup. Despite the strong lead-in, The Mayor — from showrunner Jeremy Bronson (Speechless) — opened to a 1.2 rating in the all-important adults 18-49 demographic. The overall live viewership has continued to slide, with its Nov. 14 installment registering a paltry 2.45 million total viewers as it airs opposite NBC’s This Is Us. Delayed viewing on the single-camera comedy co-starring Lea Michele (Glee) remains soft. The series has aired seven of its 13 episodes and will wrap production.
Bronson recently scored a series order at Netflix for a family comedy starring Rev. Run (of Run DMC fame) that is being produced by ABC Studios and Amblin.
The Mayor was ABC’s lone comedy to launch in the fall. The network’s half-hour bench includes its Roseannerevival, family comedy Splitting Up and Zach Braff vehicle Alex, Inc. On the drama side, ABC has yet to schedule The Crossing, Deception, Shondaland’s For the People and the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff as the network has little real estate remaining.
The Mayor is ABC’s second cancellation of the season; straight-to-series drama Ten Days in the Valley was pulled from the schedule, with the Sunday drama being buried and burned off on Saturdays in December.
Maybe it’ll find a home on Hulu.