That needle scratch you hear is A&E pulling new reality show Breaking Boston off its prime-time lineup after just one airing—the show debuted to an anemic 313,000 total viewers (suggesting a very low demo viewership) on March 13, and it’s no longer on the schedule.
As a replacement strategy, A&E tonight will air a repeat of The First 48 in the 10-11 p.m. time slot.
This is the second time in as many weeks that A&E rejiggered its prime-time schedule around a prominent property during the show’s run. The same day Breaking Boston aired, news broke that pricey Chloe Sevigny-starring series Those Who Kill would lose its spot after two underperforming weeks. (Bates Motel returned to its customary time slot the following week.)
Breaking Boston saw serious fall-off from the previous week’s programming, two half-hour episodes of Wahlburgers that averaged 929,500 viewers. The Mark Wahlburg-produced Breaking Boston also lost more than half of its lead-in.
An A&E staffer confirmed the report but said there was no statement to offer; the show, it seems, is still in limbo, though perhaps a more precarious limbo than Those Who Kill. The network is almost certain to burn off episodes of the expensive scripted drama, while low-cost reality programming can simply be shelved.