Report: 'Heroes' canceled. Us: Well, yeah.

heroes-320.jpgDon't hold your breath waiting for the announcement of "Heroes" Season 5 when NBC rolls out its schedule for 2010-11.

There's still an outside chance for some sort of loose-ends-tying movie or miniseries, but it's looking like "Heroes" is done as a series, according to Vulture. The news comes after its lowest-rated season yet -- it averaged a little over 6.5 million viewers for its 19-episode run, less than half of what it drew (14.4 million) in its first year on the air in 2006-07. The season finale on Feb. 8 drew only 4.4 million viewers for its first-run airing.

NBC has been coy about the show's chances for renewal, with network entertainment chief Angela Bromstad saying as recently as Monday (May 10) that she "wouldn't count anything out" in regard to its future. But really, bringing the show back in the face of badly slumping ratings hardly makes sense.

The network has already picked up six new series for next season, along with freshman show "Parenthood" and all of its Thursday comedy block. With "The Biggest Loser" and "Law & Order: SVU" likely to return as well and chances for "Chuck" looking decent, there's not a ton of room on the schedule. And as Vulture points out, it's probably a better idea to put promotion behind new shows than an aging show that's lost audience every year it's been on the air.

For those remaining "Heroes" fans, it does appear that NBC will take a look at some sort of series wrapup. Details may be forthcoming when NBC unveils its lineup Sunday and Monday (May 16-17).

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