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CBS Cancels Instinct After Two Seasons

CBS has canceled police procedural drama series Instinct after two seasons, creator/executive producer Michael Rauch announced on Twitter. The second season will wrap up with two episodes this Sunday and then the finale next Sunday.

The first season premiered on March 18, 2018 and the second season on June 30, 2019. During its first season, Instinct averaged 6.6 million viewers, though the show got just over 3 million viewers per episode in Season 2.

Instinct stars Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative, author and university professor turned NYPD consultant Dylan Reinhart, who, after being put on leave by the NYPD, is reinstated in time to join his partner on their newest case. NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic), who fluctuates being irritated and enamored with Dylan, is ready to jump back into their partnership, while sorting out her own personal life. With Dylan and Lizzie back as partners, a “Sleeping Beauty Killer” case comes their way, and they realize they need to continue to both trust their instincts.

The series, which also stars Daniel Ings, Naveen Andrews and Sharon Leal, was based on the James Patterson novel of the same name.

Michael Rauch, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Alan Cumming were the executive producers.

You can reach comments about the cancellation from Rauch, Cumming and Novakovic below.

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So the word is out. @instinctcbs will not be returning for a third season. Almost exactly three years ago I was sent a galley copy of a book by @jamespattersonbooks and @howardroughan and then I met the show runner @mbr34 who was to adapt it for TV and I jumped in. And I’m still in, for two more episodes tomorrow and the last one ever next Sunday. And while I’m sorry I won’t be getting to play with @bojnovak and the rest of the amazing cast and crew again, I’m grateful for two seasons of fun and gore and feeling like a dandy thanks to @danlawsonstyle’s costumes, and selfies with corpses and vegan options at catering and Lala’s occasional guest appearances in the police station when she got bored in her basket beneath my desk. I’m also proud to have played the first every leading character in a US network drama who is gay. Yes, really. Because of @instinctcbs millions of people will have seen a same sex marriage portrayed for the first time and I hope we changed and opened some minds in the process.

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