The legal/political series starring Julianna Margulies airs on CBS, the same U.S. network that was home to Sunday night's (07Feb16) Super Bowl, and during the biggest football game of the year, a commercial promoted The Good Wife's "final nine episodes", revealing the show's fate.

A statement from Margulies confirming the news was later released, with the actress praising the work of her castmates and crew over the years.

It reads: "Being a part of The Good Wife has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. As an actress and a producer, it has been an absolute honor to be a part of a series that, throughout seven years, never settled on being just good... but always strived to be extraordinary.

"I have witnessed magic happen when (co-creators) Robert and Michelle King put pen to paper, and it has been a privilege to be in the company of their brilliance. To the most amazing and talented cast and crew, there will always be a special place in my heart for our Good Wife family. As we close the book on our beloved show, I am humbled and grateful to know that together, we created and were a part of something truly remarkable."

Since its debut in 2009, The Good Wife has won five Emmys, including acting accolades for Margulies, Archie Panjabi, and guest stars Martha Plimpton and Carrie Preston.