Showtime keeping NURSE JACKIE But Giving UNITED STATES OF TARA The Boot

Nurse Jackie / United States of Tara

We’ve got lots of news coming from the camp over at Showtime today, according to Deadline.com.

First up the cable network has renewed its dark comedy series NURSE JACKIE for a fourth season. The show earned star Edie Falco an Emmy last year and is created, written and executive produced by Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem, with Richie Jackson also executive producing. Though the show may not have been a huge hit, it has still managed to average about 762,000 viewers on Monday night and 2.8 million weekly viewers so far this season, which is not bad. If you’d like a comparison – Season 4 of Showtime’s Californication averaged 2.4 million weekly viewers, while the first season of breakout comedy The Big C drew 3.5 million.

Meanwhile, there’s bad news for fans of UNITED STATES OF TARA. The word is officially out that the series is being canceled after three seasons. The show won star Toni Collette an Emmy, but has unfortunately been taking a slow ride downward in the ratings, fueling speculation that its current third season will be its last. To date, the show has averaged 326,000 viewers in its Monday 10:30 PM slot, which is down from 558,000 for Season 2. Also, its weekly viewership has dropped from 2.7 million last season to only 1.9 million this season.

So it’s time for the Nurse Jackie fans to celebrate and the United States of Tara fans to mourn. How does this make you feel folks? Is anyone out there a fan of both and can’t decide whether to be happy or sad?

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