On the network, the reboot performed admirably. The television version of the classic 1980s show Magnum P.I. has been officially cancelled by CBS after four seasons. Season 4 of the show premiered in October 2021, with Thomas Magnum, a former decorated Navy SEAL, returning home from Afghanistan to use the talents he learned in the service to become a private investigator.
Perdita Weeks portrayed Juliet Higgins, a spin-off of the legendary character from the original series, Zachary Knighton portrayed Orville “Rick” Wright, Stephan Hill portrayed Theodore “TC” Calvin, Tim Kang portrayed Detective Gordon Katsumoto, and Amy Hill portrayed Teuila “Kumu” Tuileta.
Eric Guggenheim, executive producer and show runner, joined Barbie Kligman, John Davis, Justin Lin, and John Fox as executive producers. The show was produced by CBS Studios in collaboration with Universal Television, and Peter Lenkov co-created the revived series with Guggenheim until he was removed from the show and other projects due to allegations of toxic workplace behaviour.
According to the Nielsen data stream, Magnum P.I. aired Fridays at 9 p.m., with a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.2 million total viewers. According to the corporation, this includes viewing delays of up to a week, mostly due to DVRs. The show frequently merged with other shows, including Hawaii Five-0 in 2020.
According to Variety, Magnum P.I. wasn’t the only show dropped by the network; The United States of America and B Positive also left.
Magnum P.I. began aired in December 1980 and ran for eight seasons, consistently ranking in the top twenty U.S. television series in Nielsen ratings for the first five years of its run. The series was among the top three from 1982 to 1983. Magnum P.I. is just one of several 1980s shows that have been reinvented in recent years, with word of Quantum Leap’s revival just last week.