TNT Cancels 'Raising the Bar'

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TNT has lowered the "Bar."

The post-Thanksgiving ax fell on TNT's Raising the Bar, which the Turner network said was being canceled due to low ratings.

Raising the Bar is the latest disappointment for Steven Bochco, who hasn't been able to score a hit since NYPD Blue went off the air.

"Everyone at TNT had a great experience working on Raising the Bar with Steven Bochco and the rest of the show's terrific cast and crew," Turner officials said in a statement. "We're proud of the series and appreciate the efforts of all of the creative people who were involved. Unfortunately, ratings for Raising the Bar's' second season did not reach the levels required for TNT to renew the series."

Raising the Bar opened last year to huge numbers for TNT -- 7.4 million viewers (thanks to a strong lead-in courtesy of  The Closer lead-in) -- but then quickly came back down to earth. The drama network hasn't yet determined the fate of another drama on the bubble, Dark Blue.

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Michael Schneider writes for MCN's sister publication Daily Variety.