Uh-oh! NBC cuts The Cape's episode order after ratings hit new low

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

It's looking a whole lot like actress Summer Glau is going to be out of a job yet again. NBC has decided to cut the episode order of its new midseason series, The Cape, from 13 to 10, after the show posted its lowest rating yet on Monday.

The series, which stars David Lyons and Glau, premiered earlier this year to respectable ratings, but it couldn't hold on to those viewers. NBC's gotten bad news each week, with Monday's episode hitting a series low of 1.5/4 in the important 18-49 Adult rating and 5.343 million total viewers. That was a 6 percent drop from the week before.

NBC's decision, reported by Deadline late yesterday, effectively pulls the plug on the series, which is just finishing production on its 10th episode. With the three final planned episodes not getting produced, that means it's unlikely there will be any closure for those following the serialized aspects of The Cape.

While NBC hasn't canceled the series, it's hard to imagine a scenario where the network would order a second season of the comic-book-inspired series. And it's possible we might not even see all 10 episodes.

The Cape took over the timeslot after the first 10 episodes of The Event aired last fall. NBC previously announced that the conspiracy series would be relaunched on Feb. 28 with a clip show and a new episode. Twelve original episodes remain to be aired.

While The Event got terrific initial ratings with over 11 million viewers last fall, the series also suffered a ratings decline. However, eventually the show stabilized and finished with a 1.9/5 in 18-49 Adults and 5.825 million total viewers. Those numbers have to be looking pretty good to NBC about now. However, we'll see how the show does on its return.

Regardless, the fate of The Event is unlikely to help The Cape or keep Glau employed.

What do you think went wrong with The Cape? And if The Cape is canceled, do you think Summer Glau will find a project worthy of her talents?