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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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Mike March 5, 2011 at 7:06 am

Why in the world would you take a tv show off the air when it has such a great chemistry among the actors. Pull your heads out of your butt’s and keep it going.
Besides Chuck on NBC and Castle there isn’t anything worth while watching on Monday night. Cancel Castle and I will boycott ABC for life. Television today really sucks, get rid of all of these “reality” shows and put something on that is worth while. If you people believe that some woman or man can fall in “love” in however many episodes you show.
How many of them got married or stayed together after the show NONE. This is the reason we watch alot of the cable channels.

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Dan February 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

I LOVE CASTLE. It’s a show my wife and I can watch together. It’s fun and no sex or foul language!! So sick of reality shows and gruesome crime shows. Want something wholesome with a good plot!!!!!

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Doug November 23, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Castle is a great show. My family and I have watched it from the beginning. I would not watch Dancing with Anybody if it was the only show on the tube. Do not cancelle Castle

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Alan Bedford November 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm

About time the networks stopped playing games and let a series run and build. Tired of the trash shows and flashy photography with no substance. How about keeping this one for us adults?
To ABC – Hands off and let real people enjoy a decent show with none of your “Demographics tinkering” that goes nowhere!

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JoJo November 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm

When Dancing with the Stars is finished for the season, we look forward to seeing Castle. Last year, we followed the reruns on Wednesdays until Dancing started again this year.
Castle stands on its own. If you move it around and turn it on, then turn it off, with no announcements, how can people know where to watch. For people like me and like my husband, it is so frustrating, we give up on all TV. DO YOU HEAR? WE LOVE CASTLE!
It is well acted; it has attractive actors who all play well off each other; it has humor as well as serious moments. It has everything.

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chathura October 11, 2010 at 6:06 pm

when will season 03 start ……………………………………………..

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admin October 11, 2010 at 7:59 pm

@chathura: It’s already started.

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chathura July 2, 2010 at 11:36 pm

what do u think that will happen next ………………………………?????
that season will be a hit

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chathura July 2, 2010 at 11:34 pm

thx…..

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chathura July 1, 2010 at 10:48 am

when will season 03 start ……………………………………………..

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admin July 1, 2010 at 10:51 am

@chathura: Sometime this fall. No official date yet.

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LASS May 8, 2010 at 10:48 am

I love the show Castele. So much on TV is terrible and not worth watching. I love the characters in Castle and the interaction between all of the characters. Please ABC don’t cancel this show.

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Anonymous May 5, 2010 at 2:35 am

The only show worth watching on Monday night and you want to cancel it? No wonder I am reading so much more these days. Let us at least enjoy Castle. It is well done, can be viewed with the family, (so little is available for PG viewing) and the characters are good looking. I enjoy the plot twists, the music is great, the family dynamic in Castle really drew me as I am the grandmother in our family. We all enjoy it!

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Carol Wagner April 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

This is a great show. The interact between the characters is one of the best on tv now. Please don’t cancel. I am in your demographic.

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patrick cox April 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

ouch…plays…not place…drunk is bad.

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patrick cox April 3, 2010 at 9:41 am

i missed the entire first season assuming it was more network garbage….after hearing enough people i know raving about it i found season one online and i am completely hooked. nathan fillion is great and…whoever place detective becket…is gorgeous. the story is great the dynamic between the characters is fantastic. more more more. only thing i might suggest is a bigger seasonal story arch and less episodic. maybe chasing a serial killer throughout the entire season while breaking it up with other cases in between…i dunno…great show though.

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Bob W March 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Leave a show grow. Using real talent instead of reality crap is far better.

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Anonymous February 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I have to say that Castle is my life. I can’t live without it.

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