Defying Gravity: Disappointing Ratings; Cancel It or Keep It?

Defying GravityABC’s new outer-space drama debuted on Sunday night. Will Defying Gravity be allowed to complete its mission or, like so many shows before it, be lost in space?

Defying Gravity follows the adventures of eight international astronauts as they fly a spaceship named Antares. On a top-secret mission, their lives are being recorded and telecast on Earth as part of a documentary. Despite the fact that the crewmembers wear libido-suppressing devices, there are plenty of romantic entanglements.

The show features the talents of Andrew Airlie, Christina Cox, Paula Garces, Laura Harris, Peter Howitt, Florentine Lahme, Karen LeBlanc, Ron Livingston, Ty Olsson, Zahf Paroo, Eyal Podell, Maxim Roy, Dylan Taylor, and Malik Yoba.

The sci-fi drama’s storyline is strangely similar to the failed pilot for Virtuality that aired a month ago. Defying Gravity is a Canadian series that’s co-produced by CTV, Omni Film Productions Limited, and Fox Television Studios. Filming has been completed on all 13 episodes of season one and Defying Gravity is currently airing in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States.

Should Defying Gravity be cancelled?

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The show has been pitched as “Grey’s Anatomy in space” but unfortunately it hasn’t attracted the same level of viewership for ABC. Defying Gravity debuted on Sunday with a pair of episodes and was outperformed by competition of predominately repeats. The first hour attracted merely 3.83 million viewers and only a 1.1/3 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. The second hour dropped to 3.56 million while the demo numbers stayed the same.

Defying Gravity moves to its regular timeslot of 10pm this Sunday night. Based on these numbers and the expected drop in ratings for the show’s second night, it’s very doubtful that ABC will continue to air the series for very long.

One has to wonder if ABC really expected the series to last very long anyway. As of now, the network has only scheduled some of the 13 episodes. By the time that Brothers & Sisters returns for its fourth season, at most only nine episodes of Defying Gravity will have aired.

Whether ABC intends to move the show to a new night (normally Saturday but there’s college football coming) or pull it altogether remains to be seen. Either way, with numbers like these, it’s inconceivable that the show will be coming back for another year on ABC.

What do you think? Should the show have a future or should ABC just pull the plug and cancel it already?

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Fre Jackson
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Fre Jackson
January 2, 2012 1:54 am

This was a great series and should have been sold to the Sy Fy Channel in the first place. It was only offered to Sy Fy after two episodes had aired on ABC. Sy Fy didn’t want it because it wouldn’t have been their show. They did however, steal a lot of this show to put into Stargate Universe, which only lasted 2 seasons and was the absolute worst show ever. The thing that killed Defying Gravity was being associated with ABC.

Abby
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Abby
October 21, 2011 10:52 pm

It has been 3 years and I still think about this show. I managed to watch the unaired episodes online. I just really can’t get over that they cancelled this show, it had so much potential. I guess the reason I still think about it is because there is still nothing out there that is anything like it. As the last commenter said (over a year ago) – What a shame.

Frank A.
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Frank A.
March 14, 2011 3:59 am
What are ABC execs, half-wits? Intellegent writing that avoids cliches as DG did takes time to develop rounded characters because like all good writing, the writers are not just throwing cardboard, two dimentional caricatures at you. And likewise in order to develop an interesting and organic storyline, there has to be subtilty and mystery. Everything can’t be immediately explained with the audience being led by the hand and everything revealed at the end of every hour. This show deserved to be continued. Let’s hope that cable picks it up, although by now that is unlikely; I did read somewhere that… Read more »
adriane
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adriane
January 2, 2011 5:05 pm

Having seen the 5 missing episodes I hope some other network picks up the show. It was slow to build but started to work itself out about episope 8. It is a story worth watching.

Deb
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Deb
November 10, 2010 8:08 am

Excellent show, excellent story line, excellent characters. Just found the series on Netflix and love it and want more. Some station needs to pick this up and continue the story. Do we really need another cop or medical series, or one that just goes off on tangents (Heroes, Lost, Event, and Sanctuary). I found this to be a thought provoking show with great people and a good story line. I want more. This should show that whoever was in charge of getting the show out there did not do their job.

RONIE
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RONIE
September 15, 2010 11:02 am

Why the hell did they cancel DG. This show was a very good and interesting show.This show is atleast not a crappy show that has no beginning middle and end. This is a story line to follow and that is understandable and has good struckture.I really think they must bring back DG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robin
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September 6, 2010 12:40 pm

oh come on, l hate waiting till 10:00 when my show comes on and their nothing on till then. and l also hate when you get in to a show can’t wait to find out what happens next and it’s cancell this is one of those shows. their is never anything on saturday let’s get with it not everybody goes out that night. please bring it back.

Ike Warren
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August 13, 2010 6:24 pm

I really liked this show and all the actors were great espically laura and Ron were my favourites.
I wish that the network would give it a little more of a chance. There is a lot of crap on tv and they go ahead and cancel a great show. What’s up with that.

Ben
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Ben
June 28, 2010 4:40 pm

I agree. I’m getting really tired of these really cool, really smart shows getting canceled before their time. Firefly, Journey Man and now Defying Gravity! Everytime I start enjoying a clever show, a real human drama the damn network cancels it. Please bring Defying Gravity back!

Bruce & Karen
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Bruce & Karen
June 18, 2010 4:50 pm

Defying gravity needs to return. I just saw the last 5 episodes on DVD and they were INCREDIBLE! This show is well written, with great acting and interesting characters. Please bring it back.

Danita
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Danita
June 16, 2010 8:39 am

Oh, and Defying Gravity (which I’ve already voted to keep) needs to come back. You just cannot leave me hanging on this one. It’s one of the best of its kind that has aired lately and deserves a chance to gain momentum and develop a base following.

amy
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amy
June 15, 2010 8:09 pm

I liked the show. The time slot was bad for me, thank heaven for the DVR. I would like to see if it picks up over the summer. Maybe the network will too, does not sound like they have too much going this year anyway.

Will
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Will
June 14, 2010 2:20 pm
How unfortunate that we can continue to be fed the over abundance of reality slop on the networks when something with a bit of intelligence behind it can barely be mentioned in promos and die a quick death in a terrible time slot. It seems that anytime a decent story tries to to be told it is shut down faster that one of the worlds worst drivers can hit a barricade. In the 80’s and 90’s there was an excuse, the najority of the decisions makers at each network had cocaine riddled brains. But what is the excuse now for… Read more »
Shirley
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Shirley
June 11, 2010 6:20 am

I agree with all the comments above……a good start to something that looked authentic..
like going to the space station……nothing since Star Trek Voyager…..demented!!!!!!!

Ilham
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Ilham
June 10, 2010 10:47 am
I agree completely with Shay’s comments. This show would have been awesome and actually was picking up some good momentum in episode 13. Honestly, a book usually sucks in the beginning, but it always ends up being great. The same thing happens with TV shows, just got to give it a chance. For all the Canadians out there, I swear I saw what seemed to be like a commercial for season 2. I am not entirely sure, but I think it was on CTV. Now why it was important, is that (although not sure) I believe I saw it about… Read more »
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