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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  1. Nika says

    I LOVE this show! It’s so different from anything else on. So many things to see happen; what will happen between Catherine and Esme? Catherine and Bickman? Will she and Will get back together? Get her job back? The residents! Agoraphobia! So many questions! Please do NOT cancel!!

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  3. rhonda says

    Really loved this show! Bipolar is real and comes in very many degrees and strikes a wide variety of people. This is a great program and should be kept on the air!!

  4. Earl says

    This show is different and actually gives a positive message about mental illness and other conditions that can occur in the human mind. It is a little hokey with the characters, but then again if given the chance they might have the opportunity to grow and change. This show isn’t the heavy ER excitement or the drams of other medical shows it has followed but a different way to present a very little touched field of medicine. Remember the entire country and our do nothing politicians are asking about mental health programs.

  5. Marie says

    I love this show…definitely don’t want to see It cancelled!! I have seen so many friends and family who have suffered both in silence and in the open with bipolar and it brings a new sense of understanding and humanity that needs addressing. Great show, great cast, real experiences put on screen.

  6. Candy says

    Please don’t cancel “Black Box”! It’s an excellent program that shows real mental conditions being handled. Having lived with a bipolar person, this program shows bipolar as real as any other show ever has!

  7. Teresa says

    I found this show to be very compelling and a refreshing change from many of the other shows that are on, namely shows like the bachelor/bachelorette series. This is a show for people who think and use their brain!

  8. Marie says

    Please don’t cancel I am dying to know the out come of Katherine being fired I love the show. It humanizes doctors

  9. Mary Crawford says

    PLEASE – PLEASE!! CONTINUE THIS SHOW!! The talent is magnificent! – The stories are compelling!! True life happenings that brought to light how those of we humans are plagued with mental illnesses and explained in detail how most issues can be resolved…not always with surgeries…but with other new and amazing treatments!!
    To not continue this series would be devasting to people who struggle in daily living situations!! PLEASE CONTINUE “BLACK BOX!”

  10. anne says

    Totally enjoy this show……all aspects of it……did not realize it may be on the ”chopping block”………thought the final scene where she is fired was a ”cliff hanger” for next season……now see that it may not be renewed……need to advertise……I found it by shopping around my tv…….do not cancel…..!!!!

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