The CW has opted to cancel crime drama Frequency after one season. Though the series had a fairly steady audience, its ratings were still quite low for a new fall show with a pretty decent lead-in and it didn’t generate buzz to compensate the way other modestly rated CW shows have. Its underwhelming performance is likely further evidence that CW audiences don’t take to shows revolving around criminal investigations unless the genre-specific elements are turned up enough to outweigh the more conventional aspects of detective work.
Based on the 2000 Dennis Quaid film of the same name and adapted for television by Jeremy Carver (Supernatural), Frequency told the story of NYPD Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List), who discovers that she’s able to communicate with her father through his old ham radio, despite the fact that he died in 1996. However, what joy and relief Raimy experiences on getting to hear her father’s voice one more time quickly dissipates when, in trying to keep him from dying 20 years ago, she inadvertently changes the present in unforeseen ways.
In addition to List, Frequency starred Riley Smith (True Blood), Devin Kelly (The Chicago Code), Mekhi Phifer (8 Mile), Anthony Ruivivar (Scream), and Lenny Jacobson (Nurse Jackie).
The series finale of Frequency aired Wednesday, January 28th at 9:00 on The CW. The network will be unveiling its fall 2017 schedule on Thursday, May 18th.