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Body of Proof: New ABC Drama; Cancel or Keep It?

Body of Proof cancel or keepABC recently debuted the last of their new dramas for this season, Body of Proof. Many of the alphabet network’s successful TV shows are slowly losing viewers so they’ve been trying to establish a new crop of hour series. No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7, and Off the Map have all been disappointments and are sure to be cancelled in May. What about this new TV show?

Body of Proof revolves around Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany), a brilliant neurosurgeon whose world is turned upside down after a devastating car accident. No longer able to operate, Megan becomes a top medical examiner. Using her instincts and sharp mind, she can uncover what happened to the people that end up in front of her. Co-stars include Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend, John Carroll Lynch, Windell Middlebrooks, Nic Bishop, and Sonja Sohn.

Last week’s debut followed the results edition of Dancing with the Stars. In that plum position, it attracted a healthy 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 11.15 million viewers. The episode started with a 3.4 rating and ended with a 2.9 rating so, most liked what they saw and watched the whole episode. With such a great lead-in, it wasn’t a surprise that the premiere won the timeslot.

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On Sunday, ABC aired the second episode behind Desperate Housewives, Delany’s home for two seasons. That didn’t do so well and lost a third of the Housewives audience, registering a 2.0 in the demo and 8.49 million viewers. Still, the added exposure for Body of Proof was positive and would hopefully lead to more people watching on Tuesday.

That didn’t happen. This week, Body of Proof registered a 2.4 rating in the demo and 11.15 million viewers. That’s a decline of 23% when compared to the debut. That’s quite a drop but a 2.4 is still positive. The Dancing with the Stars lead-in was down by 26% so that’s a pretty good indication that Body of Proof is quite dependent on its lead-in.

While Body of Proof has had a positive start, we won’t know its chances for a renewal for a few more weeks. No Ordinary Family started with a 3.2 rating, fell to a 2.7 in week two and just kept falling. If Body of Proof does that, the series is doomed. If the ratings even off, it should be safe — especially since all of ABC’s other new dramas have tanked.

But, what do you think? Is Body of Proof worth watching? Do you like it? Would you renew it or, cut to the chase and just cancel it now?


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Iris September 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I adore Dana Delaney, she is witty, funny, classy and I love Body of Proof! ABC is on a Roll with great shows, but this one is definately a keeper…


linda September 17, 2011 at 12:10 am



Elaine June 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm

It was slow getting started, but I think it has improved each week since. Would love to see them develop it more in the future. It deserves a chance!


dwilli13 May 3, 2011 at 10:32 am

Dana delaney over acts all her parts. she was terrible in D.H. and I was glad to see her go.

Wish they would keep Off the Map. much more interesting…


Jen April 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Body of Proof is a KEEPER I love it.


Tam April 20, 2011 at 11:39 am

I am so over ABC. They tease you with a show only to cancel it. After they announced canceling All My Children I have two more shows left on this network, Desperate Housewives and Body of Proof. If Body gets canceled that only leaves Desperate and that is supposed to go next season. Bye Bye ABC!!!!!! Lets keep some shows that ARE NOT reality, cooking, talk, judge or Dr. shows. Keep Body of Proof!


Michelle Bowles April 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Hope they keep it!


Joey G April 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm

This show is full of phony scenery. Why do the women in these types of shows wear 6″ heels. That’s realism.


donna diaz April 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I think that it is a great show . The episode on 4/12 (talking heads) was very good. I am glad that they used more of Sonja Sohn. She is a great actress and was not given many lines in the first 3 episodes. Delaney has always been fabulous, hopefully the show will last so that we can continue to enjoy such great talent.


Sandra April 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I’ll watch Body of Proof, but I LOVED Detroit 1-8-7.


Ted Thompson April 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm



Daryl Carter April 13, 2011 at 9:19 am

Body of Proof is boring, Detroit 187 would have been a good show with some different actors in some of the rolls.


Rois Shook April 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I hope Body of Proof is renewed… I love it….


Carole April 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Last night was the first time I have watched it and I really liked it. I read where Crystal Bowersox is going to be on it and I really hope I haven’t missed her because she is my all time Idol favorite.


Anonymous September 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm

body of proof sucks…cancel


Doug April 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I like Detroit 1-8-7 also. Interesting stories and characters. Hope they keep it also.


Teresa April 12, 2011 at 6:44 am

As far as I’m concerned it can be cancelled. They should keep Detroit 1-8-7 though.


Frank April 12, 2011 at 12:18 am

I give up. What is the use in me investing time in a show only to see it canceled?


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