Body of Proof: Dana Delany Series Gets Season Two

Body of Proof season twoABC had terrible luck with its freshman dramas this season — No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7, The Whole Truth, and My Generation were all cancelled. That was good news for mid-season replacement Body of Proof though and the TV series has now been renewed for a second season.

Body of Proof revolves around Doctor Megan Hunt (Dana Delany), a top medical examiner whose career as a neurosurgeon was cut short by a car accident. She works with a talented team of examiners and officers who solve murders in the Philadelphia area. The cast also includes Geoffrey Arend, Jeri Ryan, John Carroll Lynch, Nicholas Bishop, Sonja Sohn, and Windell Middlebrooks.

Debuting very late in the season, on March 29th, the premiere of Body of Proof attracted a 3.1 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic and 13.94 million viewers. The demo number’s not great but overall viewership is very strong, an indication that the series skews older and is a good match for Dancing with the Stars.

ABC aired the second episode on the following Sunday, likely to try to entice viewers who remember Delany from her Desperate Housewives days to give it a try. Most weren’t interested and it scored only a 2.0 demo rating and 8.94 million.

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The following Tuesday, episode three attracted a 2.4 rating and 11.15 million viewers, a loss of 23% in the demo when compared to the premiere. Subsequent episodes have fallen down to a 2.0 rating. The overall viewership has remained strong however, still pulling in 11 million viewers.

Though the demo ratings are not very good and have been declining, ABC has decided to give Body of Proof a second chance — and more importantly, a second season. Hopefully the demo numbers will perk up in season two. If not, it’s very possible there won’t be a third season.

For now, there are four episodes left in the first season and they’ll be spread out over the next five weeks. One episode airs next week, two will air on May 31st and then the finale is set for June 14th.

What do you think? Are you glad that Body of Proof has been renewed for season two? What could be done to get more people to watch, particularly in the 18-49 demo?

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  1. M Josephine says

    Come on ABC not another cancellation of Body of Proof. Get back to basics. People need something to hope in like in the Great Depression during this present economic and political unrest. Try going back to creating a hero/heroine that doesn’t give in to any evil. Someone to admire.

  2. Ann says

    I love Body of Proof! its interesting…not trashy like so many shows! I love all the characters. Dana Delaney is perfect for Megan Hunt! ABC should definitely continue the show.

  3. rene says

    A GREAT SHOW IT NEEDS TO BE ON AGAIN, I MEAN ITS A REALITY SHOW THINGS THAT HAPPENING IN PEOPLE LIVES RIGHT NOW NOT LIKE THE SHOWS THAT ARE COMING ON BRAND NEW, WHO WANTS TO SEE SERIES OF VAMPIRES SHOWS OVER AND OVER. I LIKE GOOD SHOWS SO PLEASE LETS US MAKE A WISH THAT THYE KEEP THIS SHOW ON FOR ANOTHER YEAR OR TWO.

  4. Lynn Boyd says

    Body of Proof is a fabulous show and should be given a chance. Shows are not given a long enough chance to grow on people before they get the axe!!

  5. mary says

    I loved it! I am a lab tech and it is refreshing to hear all about the diseases and lab tests needed to diagnose them. I love dana and the role she plays. all characters are welcasted.I hope you give it a big chance..it deserves one.

  6. Jean says

    It´s a great show they I liked it, it´s diferent. The networks should give shows more time so people can grow to liked them, it´s never easy to get a public, but if they cancelled them before giving them a chance there´s no point. They should think more about the quality of television then rating´s

  7. Norm Wilson says

    “Body of Proof” plays against various deniers of science by again and again showing how simple assumptions about the crime of the week are undone by careful study, performing tests, following reasonable connections, and sticking to the data. Dana Delaney is cast a bit against this type, but she shows her geeky side while educating the audience. Her great strength is an unusual ability to train her attention on a person, a topic, a problem, a conversation. She is a keen observer and that ability is a good fit for her role in “Body of Proof.” I look forward to season two and more of Providence.

  8. Todd Maier says

    I really like the show Body of Proof it gives you the chance to better understand. The life and job of being a Medical Examier. Dana delaney is wonderful playing Megan Hunt. I Love watching dana delaney since she played on China Beach as Nurse Mc Murphy. I started to have a major crush on her . Then played she in the Movie Exit to Eden. After watching that movie dana delaney is very Beautiful and good looking women also a Great actress too

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