‘The Rookie: Feds’ Canceled by ABC – Won’t Get Second Season

The Rookie: Feds (Credit: ABC)

The Rookie: Feds is retiring after one season on ABC.

The network canceled the series on Thursday, Nov. 9, one day after SAG-AFTRA announced it reached a tentative deal with Hollywood studios and streamers to end the 118-day actors’ strike.

The Rookie spinoff starred Niecy Nash-Betts as Simone Clark, a former school counselor who became the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy.

Additional cast members included Felix Solis, Frankie Faison, Britt Robertson, Kevin Zegers, and James Lesure.

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The police procedural premiered in September 2022, and the first season concluded in May 2023, the same week the Writers Guild of America strike began.

Once the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes ended, ABC took a closer look at what’s left of the 2023-24 broadcast season and decided it no longer needed the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Alex Hawley and Terence Paul Winter co-created the drama. The two also served as executive producers alongside Michelle Chapman, Bill Norcross, Corey Miller, Niecy Nash, and The Rookie star Nathan Fillion.

The Rookie: Feds averaged 2.42 million viewers and a 0.3 rating in the advertiser coveted 18-49 demographic. With delayed viewing, the series picked up millions more viewers, for a total average of 4.3 million.

Sister show, The Rookie, was renewed for a sixth season in April. It averaged 6.5 million total viewers in season 5.