'Do No Harm' cancelled by NBC after two episodes

Stephen Pasquale in Do No HarmIn an unsurprising announcement, NBC has cancelled midseason drama Do No Harm following two dismally-rated episodes.

Do No Harm debuted in the 10:00 PM timeslot on Thursday, January 31 and registered the lowest rating for an in-season scripted series premiere in the history of the big four broadcast networks, drawing only 3.13 million viewers and posting an anemic 0.9 in the key 18–49 demographic. When the ratings for its second week revealed a 22% drop to a 0.7, the modern Jekyll-and-Hyde medical drama was cancelled and pulled off the schedule by Friday afternoon.

Reruns of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will run in the 10 PM slot on Thursday for the next two weeks, but the network hasn't announced its plans beyond that. Although it previously did poorly in the timeslot, newsmagazine show Rock Center with Brian Williams could return to the schedule, or NBC could finally call upon another midseason drama waiting in the wings, the Silence of the Lambs prequel series Hannibal.

Starring Steven Pasquale of FX's Rescue Me in his first lead role, Do No Harm followed Dr. Jason Cole, a brilliant neurosurgeon struggling with a dangerous alter ego named Ian. The marketing campaign for the new series was severely lacking, and broadcast audiences have rejected dual-personality characters time and time again, so this unfortunate result came as no surprise.

Truthfully, the show wasn't bad — I've seen other shows that deserved the title of "weakest series premiere ever" more than Do No Harm. What do you think led to its downfall, and how should NBC fill its 10 PM hour on Thursdays?

- Do No Harm
- Steven Pasquale

Written by: Chrononaut
Feb 8th, 2013, 7:01 pm

Images courtesy of NBC


Message Posted On Mar 25th, 2013, 8:29 pm

Message Posted On Mar 15th, 2013, 5:20 pm
Great show , maybe consider trying it again in a different time slo! Give jt another shot!!

Message Posted On Feb 14th, 2013, 12:22 am
why ???? this is a really good ,dont cancel this show ..please reconsider keeping this show on air..thankyou

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Since: 23/Sep/11
Message Posted On Feb 13th, 2013, 6:30 am

I was actually looking forward to episode three!  I think NBC just don't have any real feel for what a good show is and how to promote it and when to air it. I agree with putting hte remainder online.

I'm sure if it had have been on SyFy, at least before the current lot of fucknuts started killing the channel, it might have taken off.

I believe the only split personality show that ever really worked was United States of Tara. It was both much lighter and more realistic than Do No Harm.

Because Do No Harm is such a close, contemporary, parallel to the Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde mythos and there seems to be a trend toward retelling stories of that literary era, ie Elementary, Ripper Street, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, etcetera. I'm wondering if it was just too much for the average viwership right now.

Anyway, I wasn't going to watch it from the promotion that I'd seen/read, but I accidentally caught it, and liked it. I think it really did have a lot of potetial to be a lot more than some of the other shit NBC has attempted.


Message Posted On Feb 12th, 2013, 1:55 am
I like the show. Steven Pasquale was doing a great job and the scripts were fairly well constructed. Definitely didn't deserve the harsh canning it got; possibly a shift to a different timeslot with a re-airing of ep1+2 might have saved the show. Pity. At least it got the axe before I became too invested. It was creative and different. Too little of that on TV as it is. I'm still sore about the cancellation of AWAKE. ~Angst~

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Since: 15/Jul/07
Message Posted On Feb 11th, 2013, 9:23 am

I loved the show as well! It is something new.

I definitely agree to put the other episodes online, in some form.


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Since: 27/Feb/10
Message Posted On Feb 9th, 2013, 5:54 pm

I haven't watched episode 2 yet, was keeping it for later today..... Don't think I'll frakkin bother now. But I agree with other comments, they should put it online or sell it to Netflix or something.


Message Posted On Feb 9th, 2013, 9:53 am
I liked the show...and think it is disapointing that we can't see the rest of the already made epidodes... Seems to happen a lot these days... cancelling shows after only a few aired episodes... For networks it is all about the bottom line...ratings and advertising income ! They don't give a show time to grow a following anymore... you have to score big right from the start...They don't seem to understand that many of us watch 1 show and tivo/record another because they are in the same timeslot.. or watch the other online later... Ratings are just stupid... but who am I ?

Message Posted On Feb 9th, 2013, 1:22 am
Split personalities as themes just never seem to work. My Own Worst Enemy anyone?

Message Posted On Feb 9th, 2013, 12:58 am
Create another show I have just got into gets canned. I am enjoying it. Blinkin typical. Just play out the rest of the season or put it online for those of us that want to see the rest
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