Television can be a bittersweet business, full of cancellations and renewals. This time around, Sweetbitter has ended up getting the short end of the stick. Starz has cancelled the low-rated dramedy series after two seasons.
Sweetbitter stars Ella Purnell, Tom Sturridge, Caitlin FitzGerald, Paul Sparks, Evan Jonigkeit, Eden Epstein, Jasmine Mathews, and Daniyar. Based on the novel from series creator Stephanie Danler, the drama centers on Tess (Purnell), a 22-year-old woman who moves to New York City in search of a new life and winds up training at one of the city’s top restaurants. In the second season, as Tess comes into her own, she realizes she has to learn how to play the game, in order to survive.
The first season of Sweetbitter averaged just a 0.06 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 164,000 viewers. The second season averaged a 0.03 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 93,000 viewers. Compared to the first season, that’s down by 54% and 44%, respectively.
While the ratings were quite low, the cancellation is still a bit of a surprise since it was produced by Starz’s corporate parent, Lionsgate. The 14th and final episode of Sweetbitter aired on August 18th.
What do you think? Did you watch the Sweetbitter TV show? Are you sorry that there won’t be a third season?