Black Box: Has the ABC TV Show Been Cancelled?

Black Box TV show canceled or season two?ABC recently cancelled several shows (Mixology, Suburgatory, Betrayal, etc.) and renewed many others (Resurrection, Revenge, The Goldbergs, etc.). What about the new Black Box series that airs on Thursday nights?

The show revolves around a beautiful and brilliant neuroscientist (Kelly Reilly) who’s hiding the fact that she’s bipolar. The rest of the cast includes Ditch Davey, David Ajala, Terry Kinney, Ali Wong, David Chisum, Laura Fraser, Siobhan Williams, and Vanessa Redgrave.

The show debuted on April 24th to a poor 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.87 million viewers. The ratings have gotten even worse as the weeks have progressed. This week’s installment hit a new low with a 1.1 rating and 4.31 million.

While ABC hasn’t cancelled Black Box, they surely will. The ratings have just been too low to be renewed for a second season.

The question now is, “Will all of the episodes air?” There are nine episodes remaining. If the ratings keep going down, the network could easily pull the show and replace it with reruns. Hopefully they’ll either air or release them so the show’s small audience can see them.

What do you think? Do you think that Black Box should be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Do you think ABC should air all of the episodes they have?

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  1. says

    Please keep Black Box going. It’s an interesting show with
    interesting characters. Yes…reminds me of “HOUSE”, which
    I still miss to this day!! Kelly Reilly is a wonderful new actress.
    SOOO sick of these CSI shows, and the horrible sitcoms!! WHO
    watches that Big Bang Theory show??? Just HORRIBLE!!
    Two and a Half Men??? Just AS BAD!! IMO, people in this country
    are not smart enough to support thought provoking shows.

    • Anonymous says

      Love black box; just want to say that you must not be paying attention to nor have you watched Big Bang closely — lots of science nerd jokes and if it wasn’t funny to you you might have missed the smart dialogue…

  2. kathywright says

    I really liked the show.. I think the premise was very interesting. I thought the protagonist was a great actress, and I loved the music. Can nothing draw an audience unless it is a stupid reality show, or a tenth knock off of Simon Cowell’s talent show? I cannot remember the name of it because I never watched it. I wish the networks would realize their is an audience for good writing. I don’t like violent shows, but Fargo was an exception because of the writing, Billy Bob Thornton and the black humor which made me laugh. I guess that show is not coming back either.

  3. REGINA says

    Are they crazy! If ratings are low it’s probably bc it’s playing the same time as another great show, THAT I WONT WATCH!!
    BRING IT BACK!!!!!!!

  4. Readingirl says

    I thought the show was great. Unfortunately, people do not understand mental illness and what it can do or impact it can have on people’s lives. I guess it was too real or people do not want to face it. I hope ABC will make the remaining episodes available to those that enjoyed it

  5. Debbie R. says

    I really enjoy this show! We went on a two-week vacation and was looking forward to tuning in tonight and, oh no! Please dont cancel this! It is smartly written and the premise is so unusual. Sometimes it just takes awhile for something to catch on. If you air the remaining episodes, perhaps more people will get as hooked as I have!

  6. Vicki L says

    I have been drawn to this show from the beginning. It combines interesting medical mysteried requiring detective like work to solve with one of the most interesting female characters I ve seen in a long time. .
    Her own personal demons , vulnerability and beauty combined with intelligence draws you in. Please give it another season . I think it will take off.

  7. Donna B says

    I was excited to watch this show & watched every aired episode. Then they leaving ya hanging. Then you wonder why people don’t give new shows a chance…you leave us hanging! Loved the show, but apparently being one of a million or so isn’t enough of a reason to keep a show.

  8. Carol says

    I haven’t seen it before tonight, but I definitely would watch it again and plan on catching up on previous episodes on my computer. Please don’t cancel. There are few good shows on TV anymore.

  9. Matthew Moya says

    Please don’t cancel this! Give it another season and I’m sure it will get more popularity, you guys sealed its fate when you gave it a 2 week break. Thats your fault, take responsibility and give it more. From what I see a lot of fans like this show please give this another season, otherwise I really don’t watch ABC other than the bachelor.

  10. clearlyd says

    I was not so impressed by the 1st couple episodes of Black Box, but it seemed to evolve, and now I am enjoying it and looking forward to it each week. I don’t know how networks determine ratiings,,, So many better shows get cancelled – shows that many many people I know were attached to.

  11. Lori B. says

    I love the show! I think had more people seen the pilot they would also. I was upset that basketball interrupted the viewing. Hoping to see more!

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