NBC Cancels Midnight,Texas

Charlaine Harris’ supernatural series on NBC, Midnight, Texas, has just been given the axe. NBC confirmed late Friday that the supernatural drama based on Harris’ novels will not return for a third season — at least not on NBC.

TVLine has learned that NBC’s parent company, Universal — which produces Midnight, Texas — will shop the show to other outlets.

The series had an interesting concept (a group of supernatural beings living in a small town) but the show was a mixed bag of goodies. Having their hands tied being on NBC meant that the show couldn’t lean to heavy into the horror, violence, or sex. Three of the driving forces that made Harris’ other television adaptation, TrueBlood such a hit when it was on HBO.

The 9-episode sophomore run launched in October to tepid ratings, a likely consequence of the long delay between seasons as well as the show’s move to Fridays-at-9 (vs. Mondays-at-10 in Season 1). The opener drew 1.9 million viewers and a 0.4 rating, well below its freshman average (3 mil/0.7) and marking series lows. To its credit, Midnight has maintained those numbers throughout the season, with last week’s seventh episode (its first in the earlier 8 pm perch) actually climbing to a season-high 2.4 million viewers.