There will not be a second season of MTV’s controversial drama “Skins.” Deadline reports the network has canceled the show, stating, “ “Skins” is a global television phenomenon that, unfortunately, didn’t connect with a U.S. audience as much as we had hoped. We admire the work that the series’ creator Bryan Elsley did in adapting the show for MTV, and appreciate the core audience that embraced it.”
The series chronicled the adventures of a group of teenagers whose exploits included drug use and frequent sexual encounters. It was targeted for a boycott by the Parents Television Council, which persuaded several companies not to advertise on the show. The controversy did not attract viewers. After a relatively strong debut, ratings rapidly declined. The critical consensus was that the series failed to capture the magic of the original, British version of the show, which aired in the United States on BBC America. Viewers complained about the low quality of the acting on the American version and awkward attempts to fuse elements of British teen culture into a U.S. setting.
The season finale on March 21 was watched by 1.1. million viewers, and scored an 0.5 ratings among Adults 18-49. In comparison, that same night ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” finale had a total audience of 3.65 million viewers and a 1.3 rating among Adults 18-49.