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'Mysteries of Laura' canceled by NBC

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One of NBC’s final bubble show mysteries has been solved.

Debra Messing’s family cop dramedy The Mysteries of Laura has been canceled after two seasons.

The show actually survived longer than most expected. The series debuted to poor reviews in 2014 (averaging only 37 out of 100 on Metacritic) and was instantly pegged as a likely target for cancellation. But the series delivered better numbers than the network anticipated in its tough Wednesday slot, and squeaked into a second season. Not a third, though. Mysteries of Laura recently averaged 8.6 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-14 when including DVR playback.

NBC cleaned house on Friday, axing five shows — Eva Longoria’s Telenovela, sitcom Crowded, thriller Game of Silence, comedy Undateable, and medical drama Heartbeat (details here).

The only remaining NBC title without a verdict: The Carmichael Show.

For a complete analysis of this week’s cancellations, see our story Broadcast Ax.

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