TV News: Showtime Renews ‘Nurse Jackie,’ Cancels ‘United States of Tara’
CHICAGO – In a somewhat surprising move, Showtime has canceled the Emmy-winning comedy “United States of Tara,” while also renewing “Nurse Jackie” for a fourth season. Neither show has been much of a ratings hit, but both programs seemed to bring some critical esteem to the network. In fact, the pair has won the last two Best Actress in a Comedy Series with Toni Collette winning in 2009 and Edie Falco winning in 2010. Both are sure to be nominated again this year.
“Nurse Jackie” is currently in its third season at 9pm CST on Monday nights, followed by the third season of “United States of Tara” at 9:30pm CST.
Last week, according to TV By the Numbers, “Nurse Jackie” notched only 431,000 viewers in its initial airing, which plummeted by nearly 50% to only 230,000 viewers for “United States of Tara.” Small numbers are normal for pay cable but those were just too small for Showtime.