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Castle: ABC Series Gets Full Season Order; Out of Cancellation Danger?

Castle TV showABC gave sophomore series Castle an order for nine additional episodes yesterday, bringing the season order to 22 installments. With decent ratings, can fans of the show relax? Is it safe from cancellation?

Castle revolves around an egotistical novelist (Nathan Fillion) who teams up with a police detective (Stana Katic) to solve crimes in the Big Apple. The drama also features Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tamala Jones, Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever.

Last season, Castle averaged 10.32 million viewers and a 3.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic. This season, Castle has been averaging a bit more than 10 million viewers and is down to a 2.5 rating. The numbers have bumped up a bit in the past couple of weeks and it’s been suggested that that news was encouraging enough for ABC to give it a full season order.

Still, the news isn’t all positive. Aside from the large year-to-year dip in the all-important demo, Castle consistently loses a significant amount of viewers from its lead-in, Dancing with the Stars. This week’s installment lost almost 45%. ABC is surely not pleased with these losses.

On top of that, Castle is expected to have its biggest challenge in the next several weeks. Throughout its first season and thus far into its second, Castle has always been blessed with the hugely popular Dancing to help attract viewers. That’s going to change in November. When Dancing goes on hiatus, Castle’s not going to have that big lead-in any longer and will have to stand on its own.

If you remember back to the 2008-09 season, Samantha Who? always did quite well with a Dancing lead-in. When it was left to fend for itself last season, the ratings fell apart and it was cancelled.

Dancing with the Stars is set to end its season in November. Will Castle be able to survive or will ABC decide it can do better? What do you think?

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Anonymous April 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Please a show on tv that is finally fun and interesting. Love the characters! Do not take it off.

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SUSAN HOSSELKUS March 25, 2013 at 7:01 am

I LOVE CASTLE, PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL. I TAPED THE LAST CASTLE WHEN BECKET QUIT AND WENT TO CASTAL AND HAVE WATCHED MANY TIMES. I LOVE THIS SHOW. CANT WAIT TO SEE WHATS UP WITH THEM AFTER THEIR NIGHT TOGETHER. AGAIN PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL.

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Barbara June 18, 2012 at 5:43 am

I am with Vita…..my husband and I rate this series on our top 5 and think it is well written with great lines and good acting. The casting is perfect. Compared to the other mentally insulting shows Castle is a breath of fresh air!
It is very scary to see what is “making” it on the ratings these days as it tells a lot about the intellect out there. We look forward each week to the series and would very much like to see it continued. Looking forward to how the new relationship is developed by the writers.

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giants September 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm

This show was great at first.Now its the same show every week.The stupid high school tension between kate and castle is enough already.If the writers do not get them together the show better be cancelled.

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Janine July 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm

It would be a huge mistake to cancel Catle. I wonder if they count the number of people who simply cannot watch it on the designated day and watch it on websites like HULU? We liked Castle so much we ordered the previous season dvds and books. The banter is great and camradarie between all the characters is fun. Has America really become so pathertic that if i isn’t reality, it is worth keeping on the tv? Reality shows are simply a way to minimize paying for real stars. Let tv be fun agian with shows like Castle instead.

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carrie May 17, 2011 at 6:54 am

omg, please do not cancel the show, what a cliffhanger – i’m so happy he finally told becket he loved her, the show should follow that lead – i would love to see that – the two of them are great together. can’t wait until september.

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Mike May 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm

DO NOT CANCEL CASTLE !!!…..thats my 2cents worth.

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gayle roach May 16, 2011 at 11:32 pm

I could care less about dancing with the dumb stars. I never watch it, but I always watch castle no matter what. I am over 45 and I hate all of the so called reality garbage. It seems you don’t have that many good shows and to end the season with becket’s supposed death was terrible. If you were going to end the show you could have ended it ona happy note. What kind of idiotic writers do you have? This might be the last time I watch ABC ever. I like body of proof and I will probably watch that but those two shows are all you have as far as I am concerned. A A very sad fan.

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Vita Charleston May 16, 2011 at 11:12 pm

DO NOT CANCEL the tv show “Castle”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We finally get a really good detective show with such strong emotional ties and positive values and you want to think about removing it! Idiots!!! Enough of these stupid reality shows like Bachelor and idiots getting popped in the face and dumped in mud for money and stupid indecent kids like the Jersey bunch of losers. Castle has so many values that can be passed on and these others junk shows only teach selfishness, greed and lust!!! You are idiots and you are the real soul losers!

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Bill March 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Castle is great. I love the interaction between the characters and Castle constant pursuit of Becket.

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