Tough time to be an NBC medical drama: Mercy and Trauma have been taken off life support. Neither of NBC’s freshman hospital-themed series will be returning to the air next fall.
Mercy, which starred Michelle Trachtenberg as a nurse and Dawson Creek’s James Van Der Beek as a womanizing MD, has been canned by NBC chiefs after just one season.
Trauma has also been scrapped ahead of a second season. The show about a group of paramedics in San Francisco was actually booted earlier this season, but NBC decided to order additional episodes of the series when it became clear that The Jay Leno Show was destined to be a ratings disaster.
Trauma’s last new episode brought in 4.3 million viewers, while Mercy has averaged around 6 million viewers — though ratings have been steadily declining for the struggling Wednesday night drama all season.