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TLC cancels ‘Women of Homicide,’ which featured APD detective Summer Benton

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Summer Benton, an APD homicide detective, has seen her show "Women of Homicide" cut from the TLC lineup after just one appearance April 16. CREDIT: TLC

Summer Benton, an APD homicide detective, has seen her show “Women of Homicide” cut from the TLC lineup after just one appearance April 16. CREDIT: TLC

Basic cable networks seldom cancel shows and stop airing them mid-run. Sometimes, they’ll bury them onto quieter nights or run them at odd hours.

But TLC has chosen, after just two airings, to shelve “Women of Homicide,” which featured Atlanta Police Department homicide detective Summer Benton. (I wrote a feature about her last week.)She was set to appear in five of eight episodes, splitting time with two Cincinnati female detectives. She debuted this past Wednesday during the show’s second airing.

A TLC spokeswoman wrote, “The show was not resonating with our viewers as we had hoped for, but we are very proud of the series and are sad to see it go. We’re currently figuring out next steps, but I can confirm that the series will still air internationally.”

Perhaps these types of crime-oriented shows work better on networks such as ID and A&E rather than TLC, which relies on shows such as “Sex Sent Me to the ER,” “Say Yes to the Dress,” and “Long Island Medium.”

I don’t have ratings for last Wednesday’s “Women of Homicide” episode yet but the show opened at 586,000 viewers April 9, one fifth of what TLC’s two top current shows that week “Little Couple” (2.8 million April 8) and “19 Kids and Counting” (2.3 million the same night) pulled in.  My guess is viewership must have dropped off so alarmingly, TLC felt it had no choice but to pull the plug.

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