BET drama The Quad will not be returning to the network’s lineup next year, as executives have made the decision to cancel the series less than a week after its season two finale.
Deadline reports the show starring Anika Noni Rose, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Sean Blakemore and Jasmine Guy took a drastic dip in ratings between seasons one and two. The latter averaged a 0.2 in the adults 18-49 demographic and 553,000 viewers per episode in Live+Same Day, according to Nielsen. That’s 30% lower than season one.
Co-creator Felicia Henderson shared her thoughts on the cancellation with fans via social media. Read her full letter below.
Thank you for all of the loving support you, the fans, gave our show! It has been my great pleasure to step into and share Dr. Eva Fletcher with you. And my great joy to work with some amazing cast and crew. ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ Many thanks to @realrobhardy for making that first call, and for the faith you, @followfeliciad and @bet put in me. It’s not often you get to be someone who is from where you’re from and goes where you’ve been. ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ I leave this journey having harvested not just a new experience, but some friends I will hold close to me always.🙏🏽 #Grateful ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ .. I also got to wear some bad-ass clothes!💃🏾 #Thequadbet #TheQuad #HBCU #GAMUstrong #Gamu
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Cancellation of The Quad comes less than a year after Gabrielle Union-drama Being Mary Jane was let go by the network last fall.
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