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Black Box: Season One Ratings

Black Box on ABC ratingsABC gave Black Box a straight-to-series order and ordered 13 episodes without seeing a pilot first. They held it until late in the season (typically not a good sign) on Thursdays at 10pm as a replacement for their hit show, Scandal. Will Black Box live up to expectations? Will it be a ratings success and earn a second season or will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned.

Black Box 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 ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.

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8/7 update: ABC has cancelled Black Box after one season.

Final season averages: 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.41 million total viewers.

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Note: These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the Black Box TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or be renewed for a second season?


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pam ouzts September 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm

highly aggravated this show is not returning. I have been searching the web looking for its return date but dont see it. So another good show goes down the tubes. I thought thee writing the acting an the sexual tension between the lead characters was very well done. I have been waiting all summer to see it return.


Dee ciaccio September 18, 2014 at 9:02 pm

I looked forward to this show every week I learned from this show.its sad that this show us not coming back. I hope it will be picked up again either on ABC ir another channel.Why does it matter about sky high ratings people enjoy this shiw bring it back.


Dee ciaccio September 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm

I looked forward to this show every week I learned from this show.its sad that this show us not coming back. I hope it will be picked up again either on ABC ir another channel.


Ema September 17, 2014 at 8:04 am

I absolutely loved this show. I can’t believe they are canceling it . They cant just leave it like this something has to happen next . We need a resolution.


zsamaria September 16, 2014 at 4:23 am

Was an excellent show


Pam September 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm

This was our favorite new series, the acting was excellent, the story line was exciting, now it’s not coming back and the typical mindless junk will force us to spend our time reading.
One more reality show or alternative lifestyle family series and the television goes in the garbage. If Blackbox failed due to low viewing then that proves the mentality of the average viewing audience. Can you tell we are disappointed?


Michaela Sheetz September 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm

I can’t understand why you are cancelling this show….I absolutely loved it. I hope you get enough complaints to maybe change your mind and renew.


Mickie September 11, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Me and several of my friends really liked this show. I could not believe they cancelled it.


Antonella September 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm

I am 58 and my husband 55, he likes the show and I love it. Makes me wonder why smart and good show are cancelled. May be they shuld be picked up by another network.. or by Netflix. I still hope there will be more seasons. I love the two doctor characters! They are so cool.


shelley August 31, 2014 at 9:21 pm

I agree wholeheartedly with Linda Green’s comments. Well stated! Ditto. The show was complex, intelligent, well written, acted, and directed. This was cancelled and the dribble remains… Perhaps with a little time they would have had their ratings – a premature and poor TV executive decision.


Antonella September 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm

I agree on all points


Carrie Merrick August 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I’m under that age demographic and I love this show! I would be waiting each week to see the next episode. I would be so happy if there was a second season!


Nancy Witwer August 30, 2014 at 10:58 am

I love the TV show the black box. I’m 67 years old and my friends love it too. Please please don’t cancel


linda greene August 29, 2014 at 7:52 am

It’s a shame that TV executives myopically focus on the 18-49 age group as the indicator of a show’s success. I.E. how much advertising revenue is brought in. The 50+ age group, which is usually overlooked, has tremendous buying power; they usually make more money than the other age group and spend big bucks on houses, cars and other big ticket items. They also like more meaningful TV entertainment. All that said it is extremely frustrating that Black Box was cancel. Its complex, relevant and very well directed and acted. It very much checked the boxes of older Americans taste in TV.Hopefully cable will take over this show


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