Karyn L. Barr
November 26, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

It’s outta there! Sorry, sports fans, but on Nov. 8, CBS yanked the baseball drama, starring Christopher Lloyd and Dean Cain, from its lineup and replaced it with repeats of The Amazing Race 6 and Cold Case.

Although its Sept. 28 debut drew a respectable if not home-run-caliber 10 million viewers, follow-up episodes struck out. ”We just couldn’t find our audience,” says executive producer Daniel Cerone. Indeed, by week 3, ratings had tumbled 25 percent, prompting CBS to move the show from Tuesdays to Saturdays. A further slip in viewers to 4.1 million led to early retirement for the New York Empires. ”CBS, right now, dominates the ratings with procedural and crime shows,” says Cerone. ”There’s no market for family dramas.”

Comeback prospects

DVD release prospects ”There’s always hope,” muses Cerone. ”But no, there are no plans right now.”

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