NBC announces several renewals, but cult hit Constantine didn't make the cut

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Jun 26, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT (Updated)

The higher-ups at NBC have pulled the trigger on renewing several existing series, though there’s one notable absence sure to upset genre fans.

The network has picked up breakout hit thriller The Blacklist, long-running fantasy series Grimm and procedurals Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. for a new run of episodes in the fall. So what’s missing? DC-based series Constantine, which has garnered a small but rabid fan base during its all-too-brief run this season.

The series has been consistently low-rated ever since its debut, premiering to a so-so 4.28 million viewers and dipping to an average of just over 3 million for the rest of its run. DVR numbers have been promising, but that's apparently not enough to save it. The show’s penultimate episode airs tomorrow night, ahead of the season (series?) finale next Friday. When a buzzy comic-based show is getting whipped by the decent ratings of companion series Grimm, that’s sadly not a good thing.

The writing has been on the wall for months, ever since the network opted to wrap up the first season at 13 episodes as opposed to a full season order. The network instead opted to use the shortened run as a ratings barometer, and when the numbers never added up, it seems they’ve decided to let it pass into the afterlife.

 As for the official line: NBC says “no decision has been made yet” in regard to the fate of Constantine, along with other bubble shows State of Affairs, The Mysteries of Laura, Marry Me and About a Boy. If fans want to save Constantine, now would be the time to start dipping into the dark arts.

(Via TV Line)