Skeet Ulrich in Jericho by Cliff Lipson/CBS Skeet Ulrich in Jericho by Cliff Lipson/CBS

National upheaval caused by a nuclear assault? Easy. Nielsen ratings? Hard. Despite efforts from zealous fans to keep Jericho alive - including the now-famous peanut incident - Tuesday's episode will be its last.

"The March 25 episode... will be the series finale," CBS entertainment boss Nina Tassler says in a statement. "Without question, there are passionate viewers watching this program; we simply wish there were more. We thank an engaged and spirited fan base for keeping the show alive this long, and an outstanding team of producers, cast and crew that went through creative hoops to deliver a compelling, high-quality second season.... We're proud of everyone's efforts."

Two "finales" were filmed for Tuesday: one that left viewers with a cliff-hanger (in the event of a Season 3), and one that resolves things a bit more. The latter edit, now headed to your screens, will leave fans "not too happy," Skeet Ulrich confirmed in this Mitovich Mega Minute Q&A (at the 3:00 mark):

Those who helped save Jericho the first time around shouldn't feel bad: Although the series faced worse ratings this year, the fans' efforts to keep it alive are seen as one of the biggest outpourings of support for a show, ever.

What's your take? Did Jericho get every chance it deserved? Did it deserve every chance it got? Are you already mourning the loss? - Anna Dimond, with reporting by Matt Mitovich

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