Exclusive: Neither NBCU's 'Trisha' nor CTD's 'The Test' Returning Next Season

It’s back to the drawing board for companies trying to refresh the conflict-talker genre.

Neither CBS Television Distribution’s The Test nor NBCUniversal’s Trisha Goddard (pictured) will return next season, and CTD and Tribune’s test of Serch will not go forward.

"Following the completion of production this season, the show [Trisha] will not be returning for a season three,” said an NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution spokeswoman in a statement. “Trisha is a great talent and we recognize and are grateful for all of the hard work that Trisha and the production staff have put in to the show for the past two seasons." 

CTD had no comment.

Neither show ever found much traction in the ratings, with both shows averaging a 0.6 live-plus-same day rating in the week ended March 23, according to Nielsen Media Research. Tribune tested Serch in January, but it also didn’t break out in the ratings and Tribune couldn’t find broadcast partners to sign on to carry the show, according to sources.

Paige Albiniak

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for more than 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for The Global Entertainment Marketing Academy of Arts & Sciences (G.E.M.A.). She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997 - September 2002.