Although the Season 4 finale of The Glades put up big numbers for A&E, the network on Friday pulled the plug on its procedural.
Monday’s episode ended with a cliffhanger, as FDLE cop Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore) was gut-shot an hour before he was to be wed to Callie Cargill (Kiele Sanchez). Unfortunately for Glades enthusiasts, there will be no resolution, as A&E will not bring the series back for a fifth season.
While a Glades renewal was probably a long shot, the Aug. 26 installment notched a series-high 0.9 in the adults 18-49 demo and a 1.1 rating among the 25-54 set. Per Nielsen, the 3.41 million viewers who tuned in marked the show’s second-largest audience, trailing only the July 2010 premiere (3.55 million).
An older-skewing show (63 percent of Season 4 viewers were 55 years old and up), The Glades was also the first A&E scripted original to really move the needle. Earlier efforts, including The Cleaner and The Beast, proved to be ratings disappointments; the latter was canceled after it became clear that star Patrick Swayze would not prevail in his battle with pancreatic cancer. (The actor died in September 2009.)
The cancellation arrives a day after word began circulating that A&E would bring back its original drama Longmire for a third season. On Thursday afternoon, producer/co-creator John Coveny tweeted that the network had just called to confirm the renewal.
With an average draw of 3.7 million viewers, of which 942,000 are adults 18-49 and another 1.2 million are members of the target demo, Longmire is A&E’s most-watched drama.
Leading out of The Glades in the Monday 10 p.m. slot, Longmire closed out with a season-high draw of 4.42 million viewers and a 0.9 in the 18-49 demo.