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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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Jerry Martin April 25, 2012 at 8:35 am

The show is great.. hope ABC keeps…


Lori April 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I love this show. Please keep it going.


Shirley April 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Really like the show – all the characters are good – the story lines
are fresh – Megan at times seems a little too smart and out of touch
with people but maybe now with her daughter being a diabetic she
seems to be softening. They can’t end the show – they never told us
what the baby was – girl or boy?
I hope the show stays – it’s a good clean show – a rarity after 10pm.


B. Cotton April 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Keep it. It’s a good show with drama, mystery, dry humor, etc. Seems like every show my husband and I like gets cancelled. Just keep it.


Debbie April 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I hope they do not canel it. It happens to be a good show.
It seems when its a good show they do not do much to promote it.
I happen to watch it by chance. If you move the show, make sure and advertise it.
Its really frustrating when that happens.


vpretz April 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Corrected error..SOUTHLAND was on NBC and they really blew it when the cancelled that one! Please Keep Body of Proof on..


vpretz April 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

47% That voted say Keep it..Only 4% say cancel it..Does ABC even LOOK at these Polls??? This is an awesome show! There is so much crap on TV these days..Why do you keep cancelling the good shows??? I bet ABC is STILL crying over SOUTHLAND!!!


Kathy Pappas March 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

PLEAS…keep his show on!! It has SO MUCH going for it!! It has Medical,Family Oriented, Mystery,GREAT acting,and actors!! The people at the center keep me wanting to watch,so does the mystery and the science..along with the GREAT rapport of the team. I can’t see WHY you would even think of cancelling this show. It has it ALL! PLEASE keep it going?


Teresa February 23, 2012 at 5:20 am

I love this show! Please don’t cancel it! I get sick of all the cop shows and reality shows!


Karen Pentz January 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I am absolutely wild about this show. I think the show is fantastic and I do not miss any episodes. I like the fact that it comes from Philadelphia and I have roots in Philadelphia and try and see if I recognize the part of Philadelphia they are in. Please do not cancel the show. It is well worth watching. Sincerely Karen Pentz


Ashley Evans November 15, 2011 at 2:54 am

I Love this show and believe it should be given a chance to renew itself so everyone else can see how great it is! I am not a fan of Desperate Housewives and personally do care for reality tv. I am a huge fan of Dana Delaney and Windell Middlebrooks, they are good at what they do and this show symbolizes that. It shouldn’t be canceled.


Ashley Evans November 15, 2011 at 2:53 am

sorry shoudn’t be canceled


Ashley Evans November 15, 2011 at 2:50 am

I Love this show and believe it should be given a chance to renew itself so everyone else can see how great it is! I am not a fan of Desperate Housewives and personally do care for reality tv. I am a huge fan of Dana Delaney and Windell Middlebrooks, they are good at what they do and this show symbolizes that. It should be canceled.


Greg Hodges September 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm

She’s so fine it’s not even funny ;P


Mark September 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I am a fan of “Body of Proof”. Have always been a fan of Dana Delaney (not much of a Desperate Housewives fan though). The rest of the cast is pretty good too. Especially Windell Middlebrooks, his character is a hoot. I hope this show gets a chance to run for a while, so damn tired of all the “reality” TV bull.


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