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'Battle Creek,' 'The McCarthys' axed at CBS, sources say

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Looks like CBS is popping the hopes of some of its bubble shows. While the network will not confirm any cancellations until next week, sources say freshman cop drama Battle Creek is firmly canceled. We’re told Boston-based comedy The McCarthys is almost certainly canceled as well. We’re also hearing the controversial thriller Stalker is “99 percent” canceled.

But CBS had no comment and, again, nothing is official until next week. 

Though Battle Creek, starring Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters, originally hailed from Breaking Bad writer Vince Gilligan, the dramedy struggled on Sunday nights where it delivered 8.1 million and a very small (for CBS) 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 (including DVR). Stalker, which starred Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q, averaged 10.4 million and a 2.4—making it one of the highest-rated shows to not get picked up if it doesn’t get a second season—though it faced heavy backlash for its depiction of violence, especially against women. And The McCarthys had 7.8 million viewers and a 1.9 rating on Thursday nights. 

If both The Following and Stalker are axed, EP Kevin Williamson won’t have a show of his own on the air next season—he’s an executive producer on The Vampire Diaries, but that series really now belongs to Julie Plec and Caroline Dries.

Earlier today, CBS picked up several new shows, giving series orders to adaptations of Rush Hour and Limitless, in addition to the Criminal Minds spinoff, medical drama Code Black, Jane Lynch comedy Angel from Hell and the star-studded Life in Pieces.

More to come: We’re in the thick of a frantic annual three-day period of TV broadcasters making big decisions in preparation for the upfront presentations to advertisers next week. Follow @jameshibberd and @natalieabrams for up-to-the-minute details. 

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