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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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. Amicus says

    It won’t be renewed, tonight is the burn-off. Black Box failed because of bad writing that didn’t develop the family dynamics and introduced a braggart of a doctor as a romantic interest, he was brash and unlikable, so people weren’t interested in his story, the use of a Chef for the fiancé was a bad call and he was underutilized….there was no integration of storylines, no hand-off from personal to professional life…..Just badly written.

    I will miss Reilly but I won’t miss Black Box.

  2. Evelyn says

    I love Black Box. It is a very entertaining and educational program. I always look forward to see the next episode to see which new cases are going to be presented. I hope that ABC gives the series a chance and renew it for at least another season.

  3. linda says

    I very much like series. The medical cases are very intriguing. Kelly Reilly has bipolar behavior down pat. I should know; I’m bipolar. The stress from her job and private life feed into her realistic mood swings. She and supporting cast are very well trained on all things medical. The only unrealistic Feature Is if we are being Introduced into Kellys existing life, then she has had and is having far too many mood swings at work not have been caught long before this current point in time. Perhaps this can be fixed by her sessions with her Dr-Redgrave where they emphasize her recent workload and engagement and other tremendous pressures hitting her all at once. Happened to me and I ended up hospitalized

    • Debra says

      I love this show. Kelly Reilly is an outstanding actor, smart, beautiful and the show is fabulous. I wait for it every Thursday!

  4. Frank says

    RENEW RENEW RENEW, great show!
    Have seen all the episodes as they air. Great time slot, can watch defiance on Syfy, and then this.

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