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HBO Cancels ‘Vinyl’

HBO said Wednesday that it has decided to cancel its high-profile series Vinyl, four months after renewing the series for a second season.

The Mick Jagger/Martin Scorsese drama starring Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano was renewed for a sophomore season this past February days after the show's premiere on the channel, but in subsequent weeks the series, which chronicled the 1970's rock music scene, failed to drive ratings for the network.

Overall, Vinyl averaged 4.3 million viewers across multiple plays and screens, according to HBO.

HBO officials said in a statement: “After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl.  Obviously, this was not an easy decision.  We have enormous respect for the creative team and cast for their hard work and passion on this project.”

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