CBS has announced that it is canceling Good Sam. There will not be season 2 of the medical drama that starred Sophia Bush and Jason Isaacs. Good Sam is the latest of many series to get axed by CBS. Popular shows like Magnum PI, United States of AI, B Positive, and How We Roll also got canceled.
What Was The Show About?
The series went into development in 2019 and premiered earlier this year. It starred Sophia Bush and the first season had 13 episodes. The story followed Sam, played by Sophia Bush, who was a talented and renowned heart surgeon. She has to take on the leadership role after the Chief of Surgery, played by Jason Isaac, falls into coma.
The interesting part is that the Chief of Surgery, Griff, is also her father. He wakes up months later and demands to resume his duties. Sam is put in charge of supervising him, but he never acknowledges her sacrifices or talents.
The series also starred Skye P. Marshall, Omar Maskati, Davi Santos, Wendy Crewson, Michael Stahl-David, and Edwin Hodge. The first season concluded airing on May 4th. It was created by Katie Wech.
It was executively produced by Tamra Davis, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Joanna Klein, Jennie Snyder Urman, and Katie Wech.
The show also had significant guest stars on it. Sendhil Ramamurthy from Never Have I Ever appeared on the show as Asher Pyne. Wendy Crewson, popularly known from The Doctor also appeared in season 1.
Not only that, Sophia Bush’s costars from One Tree Hill like Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz also appeared in the episode that aired on March 23. They appeared as Amy and Gretchen Taylor, sisters who were forced to see each other with Sam when Amy gets admitted to the hospital.
Why Was Good Sam Canceled?
The show averaged about 0.25 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which is the most important demographic considering how most advertisements are targeted to that audience. Good Sam was unfortunately the network’s lowest-rated scripted shows in live+same day and live+7 day ratings. It ranked last among 14 dramas that CBS aired this season on TV.
Overall, the show averaged around 0.40 demo with over 3.77 million viewers. Although the viewership was not bad at all, the low rating might have been a deciding factor to scrap the show.
Why Are Networks Canceling Shows?
Recently, CBS canceled Magnum PI, which was its best performing show. They canceled it after five seasons. Shows like Bull, Mr. Mayor, and The Endgame also got canceled recently. The top 10 shows that got scraped were from CBS and NBC. Even Netflix axed four shows before they even got made.
The reduction in the volume of shows might have to do with the shift in spending power after the pandemic. The cost of production also comes into play, especially with all the precautions that come with COVID.
Overall, CBS has canceled the least amount of shows, although some of the shows it did cancel were doing fairly well. NBC takes the top spot with average of canceling up to10 shows per year.
That is insane. I love love love the show. You should find a way to keep it on the air. What a waste not to.
I’m saddened by the cancelation of “Good Sam” I love Sophia Bush and the rest of the cast. So disappointing. I wish a streaming service could at least pick it up. Sorry to see it go.
I agree! Maybe someone will pick it up! All Rise was canceled last year and OWN picked that show up and remember when Last Man Standing was canceled and I believe Fox picked that up! Here’s to hoping!
Oh no! I loved that show and was really looking forward to seeing it this season!
I love GOOD SAM & I am very disappointed it has been cancelled. I do hope another network will pick it up.
i am saddened to hear Good Sam won’t be back, personally i feel because they put it on the same day and time as Chicago PD is what killed it a little, the network knows what they are doing when they do that….i do hope another network picks it up, because i liked it when i started watching it, i would pick it up on demand, shame on you CBS
Loved the show !
Loved Good Sam!! I’m so sad that again a show I loved doesn’t get renewed! Bring it back please!!!!
I absolutely loved the show. I had surgery in November and it really helped me get thru it cause I had something to look forward to. Plus I was looking forward to see what was going to happen next. Very upsetting. Sophia Bush is an amazing actress she is so talented. I hope she at least goes back to Chicago PD.
I can’t believe Good Sam has been canceled. If you want to cancel shows cancel the Reality shows. Way to many on air. Or cancel game shows. Good Sam was exciting cause you never know what’s coming next. Very good actors & actresses on this show.
I fell in love with “Good Sam” and “The Equalizer” both after one show. This was a first for me in a long time with CBS, too many. CSI shows. Very disappointed in this decision
I realized that there had been no promos for Good Sam. A quick search of the web revealed CBS cancelled the show. Bad decision in my opinion. The actors are good. The writing was improving. There are many other shows I would sacrifice.
Loved the show. They need to get rid of the so called reality tv shows. I hope some streaming app will pick it up. They canceled another show i enjoyed called end game. Im about ready to get rid of cable and live tv and just do streaming. Everything good is getting canceled, why bother with network shows.
I think we should just cancel the television and listen to the radio or read
Why can’ t the dump shows like the bachelor or temptation island or survivor it is just about who you can screw out of their place and how cutthroat you can be if there is a reality show on tv i just change the channel maybe a few more people should do the same thing.
Please bring Good Sam back. It was one of the few “live” (not online) tv shows I watched, and I loved it. I’ve been waiting for the next season, and was very disappointed to hear it wasn’t being renewed. Get rid of the stupid reality shows and leave the good shows alone!!
I loved that show. I really hope they bring it back or someone picks it back up