Wisdom of the Crowd is Canceled Amid Jeremy Piven Allegations

Wisdom of the Crowd is Canceled Amid Jeremy Piven Allegations

After just 13 episodes, CBS has made the drastic decision to cancel ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’, according to Entertainment Weekly. There were a further nine episodes expected in this season, but the network has decided not to order the remaining episodes. There are four more episodes left in the current run and these will air as expected at 8 pm E.T. on Sundays. This news was confirmed by Jeremy Piven who stars in the show when he posted a message on Twitter thanking fans for their support and saying that he and the other cast members were proud of the series they had created.

Entertainment Weekly has stated that the shock cancellation relates to recent sexual assault allegations made against Piven. However, viewing figures and reviews of the series may also have influenced the decision. Over the series, the average number of viewers was 8.8 million. The last episode that aired had viewing figures of just 7.4 million. The series was aimed at viewers between the ages of 18 and 49 and this demographic had given the show an average rating of just 1.0.

The view that the allegations against Piven are the predominant reason for the cancellation is supported by a report by USA Today. This has shown that ‘Superior Donuts’ and ‘Man with a Plan’ both have viewing figures lower than 6.4 million. Despite these low viewing figures, CBS has decided to order another season of both series. The report hints that these television series do not have controversy surrounding them like the allegations against Piven have created for ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’.

CBS has also recently reordered many other of its ongoing television series. These include ‘SEAL Team’, ‘9KJL’, ‘SWAT’, and ‘Young Sheldon’. However, ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’ is not the only series to face the axe as they have also canceled the freshman sitcom ‘Me, Myself, and I’.

Recently, multiple allegations of sexual assault have arisen against Piven. These include sexually harassing porn star Isis Taylor, groping Ariane Bellamar while working on the set of ‘Entourage’, and sexually assaulting two further women. One claimed that Piven had held her down and exposed his genitals before rubbing himself against her. CBS has taken these allegations extremely seriously and is investigating each alleged incident.

Jeremy Piven unequivocally denies each of the allegations against him. The 52-year-old actor released a statement in October 2017 saying that he would continue to deny all the appalling allegations that were being made. In a further attempt to prove his innocence, Piven voluntary took a lie detector test to clear his name. This test was conducted by a member of the American Polygraph Association and the results came back that he had shown no signs of deception in the responses he had given.

This is the first time that Jeremy Piven has faced such allegations in a career that spans four decades. This award-winning actor is best-known for his work on television series including ‘Ellen’ and the British drama ‘Mr. Selfridge’. Films in which he has appeared include ‘Entourage’, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, ‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World’, and ‘Keeping Up with the Steins’.

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