Black Box: TV Show Cancelled by ABC; No Season Two

Black Box TV show on ABC canceledAs expected, ABC has cancelled their summer series Black Box after one season of 13 episodes, reports EW.

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 series debuted in late April to a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.87 million viewers. It was a mediocre start for the dramatic series and the numbers got progressively worse as new episodes were released. Towards the end of its 13 episode run, Black Box dropped to a 0.6 demo rating with 3.72 million.

The last two episodes aired on July 24th, leaving the main character’s professional fate up in the air.

What do you think? Did you like the Black Box series? Do you think that it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season? Why do you think the show didn’t catch on?

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  1. D. Gradisek says

    I thought was a fascinating show…..was so looking forward to a second season! I think bringing it on as a summer series makes it tough to succeed…

  2. Elise says

    LOVED this show, too!! It seems every time I find a great show it’s cancelled. As so many others have stated here, this was a show that was interesting and informative, smart with fantastic acting (Kelly Reilly is brilliant), great writing with super interesting story lines. I was hooked from the first episode. I want a show that makes me think and entertains. This show fit the bill. So disappointing ABC. Please renew Blackbox for another season.

    • Dennis says

      I have been ranting and raving against ABC for cancelling this fantastic show ever since I heard it was cancelled! BRING BLACK BOX BACK!!!! If anyone out there finds out if another network has picked up this wonderful show—PLEASE e-mail me at and let me know! T HANK YOU!!!!

    • Jonny V says

      I watched Halt and Catch Fire on AMC. I thought it was mediocre at best; however, AMC has renewed it for a 2nd season. Black Box was far superior. The content and message were excellent. Mental disease needs to be in the spotlight, and this show provided a good look. Shame on ABC. Maybe one of the cable networks can pick it up.

  3. Sammie says

    Once again network TV has disappointed me. Can’t believe another great drama was cancelled without getting a fair shot. When will the tv higher ups realize that not everyone wants to watch reality tv? The Bachelor , talents shows, housewives, etc. This was such a great show that I looked forward to watching every week. Please bring back Black Box!!

    • Lorraine says

      DITTO, DITTO, DITTO, DITTO!!!!!!! So much CRAP on and then they take off something that is enjoyable and suspenseful!

  4. Lorraine says

    LOVED this show. I record shows on my DVR and then watch them when it is more convenient. Does that in any way affect the ratings? I never did understand how that works. I am truly disappointed that it will not continue. Truly.

  5. Julie says

    I truly loved this show. It seems every time a network has a dramatic show, with entertainment and education mixed in it gets cancelled. This show taught new information each week concerning mental illness and brain issues. I have a family who is bipolar and it gave me so much insight and understanding.

  6. Ashlee says

    Bring it back! Please oh please!!!! Black Box was a great show with a REAL mental illnesses that oftentimes gets scrutinized and discriminated against due to ignorance. It really opens up to the world about the reality of what people with mental illnesses go through everyday. Katherine Black was AWESOME!!! Black Box gave me hope for today’s television!

  7. Pam says

    The Black Box was one of the best shows in a long time. Watched every episode. Please bring it back!! Great story lines and great stars!! Please!!

  8. Sarah says

    I am sad to learn that Black Box has been cancelled. It was one of the best new shows. I watched every episode. ABC please reconsider. Excellent cast & writing.

  9. Betty Collins says

    I was devastated to read that Black Box had been canceled. The acting in this series was spectacular. I am still in shock . I missed the first couple of shows but as soon as I started watching this series I was hooked !!! And now — I don’t understand.
    A magnificent piece of art not renewed.
    Perhaps we will see these wonderful actors in something even better. People sre too hooked on violence and can’t understand a good dramatic piece.
    Mores the pitty.
    Devastated !!!!!!

    • Beverly says

      You are not the only one who is devastated…..not only desvasted but disappointed and depressed that ABC “killed” the show….there are thousands of us who share your feelings and hopefully some other network will revive it and give it the life it so richly deserves!

  10. Suzie says

    The Black Box was the first series in a long time that brought me to full attention. It was a great story line and really kept you waiting for the next show to air. I am with so many others…..Bring it BACK!!

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