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NBC Hits Brakes On “Constantine,” But Season 2 Still Possible

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NBC Hits Brakes On “Constantine,” But Season 2 Still Possible

NBC will stop production of “Constantine” after its initial 13-episode order, but Deadline reports the supernatural drama remains in contention for a second-season renewal.

Developed by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer from DC Comics’ long-running “Hellblazer,” the series premiered Oct. 24, and has struggled to find an audience in its 10 p.m. Friday time slot — the infamous “death slot.”

However, the performance of Friday’s episode likely played a role in the decision to keep “Constantine” in play for the fall: It saw a 38-percent increase over the previous week in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, and a retention of 85 percent of that audience from lead-in “Grimm.” Plus, the show is performing well in delayed viewing.

One of three new DC-based dramas on the television schedule (a fourth, “iZombie,” is set to premiere at midseason on The CW), “Constantine” hasn’t garnered the ratings of Fox’s “Gotham” or the buzz of The CW’s “The Flash.” Both of those shows have already been renewed for a second season.

“Constantine” will reportedly remain in its time slot for the duration of its 13-episode run, which should end sometime in February. The sixth episode, “Rage of Caliban,” airs Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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