The CBS reality show “3” did not set any records — with its ratings or the speed with which it was cancelled.
Based on an Israeli series, “3” is about three women brought together in a search for love. It debuted July 26 in a special Thursday preview before a paltry 2.4 million viewers. It then moved to what was supposed to be its regular Sunday time slot on July 29 and did even worse, attracting just 1.8 million viewers.
It was cancelled two days later. But that second episode saved the show from the ignominy shared by five other programs — all cancelled after just one episode. These include “Public Morals” (CBS, 1996); “Lawless” (Fox, 1997); “Emily’s Reasons Why Not” (ABC, 2006); “Anchorwoman” (Fox, 2007), and “Quarter Life” (NBC, 2008).