CW Cuts 'Runaway' Loose

Paul Rader and his family succeeded in remaining unfound after all.

The freshman CW drama "Runaway" about a family on the lam is the first casualty for the fledling network, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show only aired three episodes before cancellation, giving it the dubious distinction of being the second show to get the axe this fall after CBS' heist drama "Smith."

"Runaway" had a slow start following up "7th Heaven" on Mondays. When the CW decided to swap its Sunday night comedy line-up with the two Monday dramas, the comedies' ratings saw significant increases in adult viewership. Unfortunately, "Runaway" didn't fare as well, averaging only 1.8 million viewers on its new night.

For now, the CW will pull "Runaway" and fill its slot with repeats. The only other new show that debuted on the CW this season is the sitcom "The Game."

"Runaway" starred Donnie Wahlberg as a Paul Rader, a man who was falsely accused of murdering a colleague at work. After receiving death threats aimed at his family, he took them all on the run and ended up laying low in a small Iowa town. Leslie Hope, Dustin Milligan, Sarah Ramos and Nathan Gamble co-starred.

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