Does Awake get a second season? NBC makes its decision

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

Since launching in March, the dual-reality-meets-cop-show series Awake has been hurtling its star between two separate but seemingly real universes. But in our universe, NBC has now decided whether to give the series a second season.

The answer, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is no.

NBC has canceled the series after just one half-season, with the show failing to hold on to an audience despite a strong start and good reviews from critics. The pilot episode drew some 6 million viewers and a 2.0 share in the all-important 18-49 demo, but over the course of the past two months it's slumped to just 2.2 million watching with a 0.8 share.

Those numbers might be decent enough for cable, but not network TV, and in fact some critics seemed to think that the series might have done better had it gone to a cable channel. It didn't help that the other networks threw strong shows against it in its Thursday 10 p.m. timeslot, such as CBS juggernaut The Mentalist.

Just as with many other shows, it's possible that a strong fan response could resurrect Awake—if not on NBC, then on cable somewhere. But if that happens, it has to happen fast, since star Jason Isaacs and the rest of the cast and crew will no doubt be looking for their next paycheck as quickly as possible.

So sci-fi and speculative TV is batting .500 this week, with Awake and Alcatraz getting the ax while Once Upon a Time and Touch live to see another year.

Are you sad to see Awake go? Do you think it got a fair shot, or could it benefit from a slot on another channel? Did you even watch the show?