Instinct Canceled After Two Seasons at CBS

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Instinct will not return for a third season CBS. 

The network has axed the low-rated procedural drama after just two seasons. 

Series creator Michael Rauch took to Twitter to reveal the sad news on Saturday. 

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In doing so, he also revealed that two episodes will be airing tonight and that the series finale would air Sunday, August 25. 

This caused much confusion amongst fans because many thought that the show had produced 13 episodes for Instinct Season 2. 

Related: TV Ratings Report: Instinct Returns Low

However, it has since been revealed that there were only 11 made for the second -- and now final season. 

"I’m very sad to relay the news that @instinctcbs won’t be renewed for a 3rd season," Rauch shared on Twitter. 

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"We will double up this Sunday and our season/series finale will be Aug 25."

"Endless thanks to @Alancumming & @bojnovak for making Dylan & Lizzie more everything than I could have ever hoped & thanks to our incredible crew, cast, writers, producers & all who helped make our show, with respect, talent & kindness."

"And a giant thank you to our diehard fans for your love, loyalty & excellent taste (is it too soon to ask for a reboot?)

Instinct starred Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative and university professor who consults for the NYPD. 

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Cumming reacted to the news via Instagram. 

"So the word is out. [Instinct] will not be returning for a third season... I'm sorry I won't be getting to play with [co-star Bojana Novakovic] and the rest of the amazing cast and crew again... I'm grateful for two seasons of fun and gore," he said. 

Related: The Code Canceled at CBS

"I'm also proud to have played the first [ever] leading character in a US network drama who is gay," Cumming continued in the post.

"Yes, really. Because of [Instinct] 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."

Alan Cumming Attends Monte Carlo TV Festival

His co-star Bojana Novakovic said the following of the decision to end the series after just two seasons. 

"WELL THIS SUCKS BALLS. But when one door closes another... actually fuck that," she said via Twitter. 

"This sucks balls. Love to all our fans and the most incredible cast and crew. Thank you all for an incredible two years."

Despite launching with high ratings (almost 12 million in Live+7), the series suffered erosion throughout its first season, and by the time the second season launched, the numbers were much lower. 

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Season 2 is thus far averaging just 3.4 million total viewers and a weak 0.3 rating in live + same-day results. 

The show joins fellow summer drama The Code on the network's list of cancellations. 

What are your thoughts on the decision?

Hit the comments below. 

Remember you can watch Instinct online right here via TV Fanatic. 

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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