NBC Nixes Undercovers

NBC has passed on ordering any future episodes of freshman spy thriller Undercovers, which will officially end after the initial 13 installments.

Undercovers is now the fifth casualty of the seven-week old TV season, joining already canceled dramas My Generation and The Whole Truth on ABC, Outlaw on NBC and Fox’s Lone Star.

Created and executive produced by Lost creator J.J. Abrams, and compared to past Abrams scripted hour Alias, Undercovers created an early buzz by casting two African-American actors, Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, in the lead roles.

But viewers never warmed up to this tale of a so-called “typical” married couple who are reinstated into the world of the CIA after their fellow spy and friend goes missing. Based on the live-plus-same-day ratings from Nielsen Media Research, Undercovers finished a distant fourth in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour with just 5.91 million viewers and a 1.3 rating/4 share among adults 18-49 on Nov. 3.

The first half of the six remaining episodes will run as planned as the Wednesday anchor through Dec. 1, but there is no confirmed airdate for the final three. NBC has not announced what will step in for Undercovers in midseason.