Both TV series had some decent buzz behind them before they debuted but that seems to have evaporated pretty quickly when it came time for people to actually watch the shows. ABC has ordered two additional scripts for each but haven’t asked that any more episodes be put into production. That’s understandable when you look at their ratings.
If you were in charge over at ABC, what would you do? Order some more episodes of one or the other, cancel both or give each some more time? Comment below.
Here are the season averages as of Thursday, November 1, 2012:
|Modern Family||4.8 (4.83)||12.38||season 4 ratings|
|Grey’s Anatomy||3.7 (3.65)||10.25||season 9 ratings|
|Once Upon a Time||3.4 (3.40)||10.08||season 2 ratings|
|Revenge||2.8 (2.78)||8.65||season 2 ratings|
|Suburgatory||2.6 (2.63)||7.08||season 2 ratings|
|The Middle||2.6 (2.58)||8.52||season 4 ratings|
|The Neighbors||2.2 (2.15)||6.87||season 1 ratings|
|Nashville||2.2 (2.15)||6.99||season 1 ratings|
|Castle||2.1 (2.08)||10.64||season 4 ratings|
|Scandal||2.0 (2.00)||6.14||season 2 ratings|
|Last Resort||1.7 (1.74)||7.56||season 1 ratings|
|666 Park Avenue||1.7 (1.72)||5.23||season 1 ratings|
|Private Practice (last season)||1.6 (1.63)||5.76||season 6 ratings|
|Happy Endings||1.6 (1.60)||4.94||season 3 ratings|
|Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23||1.5 (1.45)||3.73||season 2 ratings|
|Dancing with the Stars||2.3 (2.27)||13.48||cycle 15 ratings|
|Dancing with the Stars (results)||2.1 (2.08)||12.41||cycle 15 ratings|
|Shark Tank||1.8 (1.76)||6.42||season 4 ratings|
|Primetime||1.5 (1.50)||4.72||season 24 ratings|
|20/20||1.4 (1.42)||5.30||season 35 ratings|
|America’s Funniest Home Videos||1.4 (1.38)||5.89||season 23 ratings|
These charts incorporate the daily final ABC show ratings (reported by Nielsen) and are sorted by the 18-49 demographic. Network advertisers typically prize those viewers most and so will pay more to reach them. There’s lots of information that the networks take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series but the ratings are the biggest factor. The higher the ratings, the better chance that the show will be renewed. And yes, they take it into account when a show airs on a Friday or Saturday night.
For the status of your favorite ABC shows, check out this page.