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The Messengers axed by The CW

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The CW has canceled short-lived biblical drama The Messengers after only three episodes, EW has confirmed.

The Messengers, which featured a group of strangers tasked with preventing the Apocalypse, struggled out of the gate in the ratings, attracting only 1.2 million viewers and a 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic in its Friday night slot. The network will continue to air the rest of the first season.

The series, which hailed from Expendables producer Basil Iwanyk and creator Eoghan O’Donnell, starred Shantel VanSanten, Diogo Morgado and J.D. Pardo.

The news comes on the heels of Hart of Dixie also getting the axe. Fellow freshman drama iZombie was renewed for a second season on Wednesday. The CW also picked up FlashArrow spin-off DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Julie Plec outbreak drama Cordon and Rebecca Bloom’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

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