NBC has announced that the two series will be pulled from the line-up on Sunday May 18, and will be replaced with a Women of SNL special.
While it is not unusual for a show miss a week during their season run for planned specials, the move comes on the final Sunday of the dreaded May sweeps period. The fact that NBC would rather run an SNL special over new episodes of the shows, proves that the network has lost faith in both series.
In their most recent outings this past Sunday, both Crisis and Believe drew in a 1.0 in the coveted 18-49 demo. The two series have also failed to bring viewers, averaging under 4.5 million viewers each week.
Believe focuses on the relationship between a young gifted girl (Johnny Sequoyah) and William Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a man who is sprung from prison and tasked with protecting the young girl from the “evil elements” that hunt her.
While fellow drama Crisis, centers around Marcus Finley (Lance Gross), an “idealistic” Secret Service agent who finds himself at the center of an international crisis. The series also stars Rachel Taylor, Gillian Anderson, and Dermot Mulroney.
The two dramas join a long list of failed successes in the Sunday night timeslots for NBC, in the network’s struggle to find success post-football each year.
You can catch both dramas Sunday nights on NBC; Believe airs at 9/8c, followed by Crisis at 10/9c.