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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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Sar November 17, 2014 at 12:58 am

PLEASE RENEW THIS. THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE SHOW AND I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED WHEN I HEARD IT WAS CANCELLED. I think ABC made a mistake, it needs to give the show a fair chance! I finished the entire first season in ONE DAY. That’s how good the show is. I even raved to my friends about it and called it “the next and better greys anatomy”. You have to renew it and give it another chance!


Michie November 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm

This is a great show. Please bring it back.


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Deborah Jablonski November 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm

I hope another network picks it up.


Deborah Jablonski November 3, 2014 at 11:48 pm

This was a great show. It was better than most of the crap out there.


Anonymous October 30, 2014 at 8:44 am

I loved this show …so. Real I was learned ..I have a daughter with bipolar ..and it help me see it in a different lite ..come back please .


Anonymous November 2, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Please bring black this show!! Love it!


Amber October 16, 2014 at 12:04 am

Yes I think black box should come back that’s my all time favorite show, plus they are all good actors and actresses.. Please oh please let black box have another season..


RBeck October 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I’m 40 years old, college-degree, with children,… and have been suffering from mental illness for at least 20 years. BlackBox finally showed how difficult- but entirely possible it is for people with such illnesses to blend into society, interacting, excelling. It also helped me to not feel so alone- at last, mental illness was finally not hidden. And yay for showing the immense diversity of types of psycho-neurological illnesses, and even getting into the array of symptoms within each illness. There’s so much more I could say… But if nothing else, it wasn’t a recycling of the classic tv themes. Likable, but different. (And what a perfect cast!) *Needs 9cst/10est time slot. Please bring back.


Richard October 2, 2014 at 1:23 am

The best show on all networks. One of the few shows that had substance and real-life relatable stories.
Bring it back please.


Jewell September 28, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Why is this circulating? Your viewers want this show back. Enough already. You are bringing it back in January 2015. Admit it !!!!


MaryAnn Dean September 30, 2014 at 11:15 am

Is this show really coming back in January 2015? I really hope so it was such a good show. If not I will stop watching abc and go to TNT.


admin September 30, 2014 at 11:52 am

No, it’s been cancelled.


Jutta September 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm

I loved the first season an I’m really disappointed that it has been canceled!


Jeanne September 28, 2014 at 5:19 am

The show was amazing and so interesting I don’t get people saying it was awful and abc always does this shit just like with the soaps. Air it just long enough to get ppl interested and pull it the ones they do keep usually suck. So many new ones coming out as well that I think they are wasting their time with . People liked black box it was a very relatable subject for many come on some other network pick up this show please!!!!


Johnny October 1, 2014 at 10:11 am

It’s a shame. Kelly Reilly is a superb actress and this show had potential. It was probably a couple of slow first episodes and a late night slot that gave viewers an incentive to switch off and go to bed early…and not watch the next episode.

I watched the series in one week without paying. When companies like ABC decide to pull the plug without even putting in some effort to mop up the ending it doesn’t really give me much incentive to contribute in the future.

Yes, the show was a slow burner and no there were no fights or t*ts but it was addictive. Maybe Netflix could pick it up as it is probably better distributed in their whole season airing model. …Black Box is much more colourful than “Orange is the blurgh…”


Nancy October 26, 2014 at 11:30 pm

I agree, not giving a proper finale and just dropping everything is inconsiderate, rude and unprofessional of the station.
Too bad the really good shows have such a hard time making it in the U.S.A.
Maybe PBS could consider taking it.


Johnny November 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Further to my comment above…
I would suggest ABC re-run it with appropriate PR.
Perhaps Kelly Reilly could pursuade the producers to try kickstarter for partial fan funding.


Anonymous September 23, 2014 at 5:34 pm

me too, Bev!


Bev September 22, 2014 at 2:35 pm

I n my opinion , it was the time , the program aired.. Really a shame it was canceled
I had just started to watch the last 6 shows(due to time it aired) I loved that program ,
It was one of the few being aired that I could enjoy and felt that it as actually telling a story,
That was not about who killed John or the body was found where ?or some thing that was not a silly Tic Tat Toe It seems like who ever rates these programs kill off the good shows
Do wish they would reconsider and bring it back perhaps in a better time slot


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