Dirty Sexy Money: ABC TV Show Essentially Cancelled?

Tripp and LetitiaDespite mediocre ratings in season one, ABC decided to renew Dirty Sexy Money for a second year. Unfortunately, their gamble hasn’t paid off and it looks like time is running out for the Darling clan.

As the story of Dirty Sexy Money begins, idealistic lawyer Nick George (Peter Krause) finds himself taking over his late father’s single client, the very rich and dysfunctional Darling family. Patriarch Tripp Darling (Donald Sutherland) is incredibly influential but needs all the help he can get to manage the fragile relationships with his wife Letitia (Jill Clayburgh) and their five grown children; politician Patrick (William Baldwin), promiscuous Karen (Natalie Zea), corrupt clergyman Brian (Glenn Fitzgerald), and immature, party-loving twins Jeremy (Seth Gabel) and Juliet (Samaire Armstrong).

Tripp also needs Nick’s help in fending off his enemies like rival billionaire Simon Elder (Blair Underwood). Thankfully, Nick has the support of his wife Lisa (Zoe McLellan) and their young daughter. Other characters are played by Lucy Liu, Will Shadley, Laura Margolis, Bellamy Young, Candis Cayne, Shawn Michael Patrick, Chloe Moretz, Sheryl Lee, Andrea Smithson, and Daniel Cosgrove.

Money debuted on September 26, 2007 on ABC. The premiere episode attracted 10.44 million people and a 3.6/12 rating /share of the 18-49 demographic. The following week’s numbers fell by less than 10% which was a very positive sign. Unfortunately, the show essentially kept falling each subsequent week, hitting a season low of 6.52 million viewers and a 2.0/8.

The show’s production was interrupted by the writers strike and Money’s creator, Craig Wright, wondered if it would ever return. Ultimately, ABC decided to take a chance and renewed Money for a second season with an order of 13 episodes.

Should Money be cancelled?

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The gamble didn’t pay off. Season two of Money kicked off on October 1st with only 7.02 million viewers and a 2.4/7 in the demographic. The following week’s installment fell to 5.85 million and 2.0/5. Subsequent episodes have averaged less than six million viewers, making last season’s low-point look good by comparison.

The network has yet to order additional episodes or indicate interest in doing so. The cast and crew are currently wrapping production on what is likely the show’s last episode. ABC’s midseason schedule hasn’t been officially released but one that’s being shown to advertisers doesn’t have Money on it.

The series could still be under consideration for a third season but that seems highly unlikely considering the ratings decline between seasons one and two.

The sixth episode of season two is scheduled to air tonight, leaving seven to go. With Money’s declining viewership, you have to wonder if ABC will even air them all. If they do, it will likely have more to do with the network’s economics than plans for the series’ future. Where’s Tripp Darling’s influence when you really need it? Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Karen says

    I love this show! It’s fun, always keeps you guessing, and lets you just relax and enjoy something totally different than our lives! It’s great and I looked forward to it every week. I have been so frustrated not knowing when it’s going to be on or not. Please don’t cancel!!!!!!

  2. Judi says

    THIS SHOW IS TOOOOOOOOO GOOD TO BE CANCELLED….it has all the ingredients of a need to watch TV show!!!!! PLEASE DON’T CANCEL

  3. Noshin says

    I love this show more than any others… it’s a great show.. I love the story and the casts… Please Please Please do not cancel the show..

  4. duffy says

    SOOOOOOOOO GUTTED – Everyone I know loves this show in the UK!!!
    Please bring it back – hilariously funny and such a welcome refreshing change from the usual rubbish on TV

  5. MW says

    I love this show too! I am so glad that I was DVRing it because I would have even know that it came back on this past summer. I just now finished watching the last of the aired episodes and of course it left me hanging and now I find out that they may not even play the rest of the episodes!! How disappointing!! They also cancelled another of my favorite shows October Road. It seems like they are willing to keep the same old boring shows on and get rid of the good ones.

  6. Mardi says

    D,S,$ was a GREAT show with excellent actors why has it been cancelled? The ratings were low only because those of you in TV land didn’t give it enough hype!!!
    There is so much GARBAGE on TV with all those FAKE reality shows… PLEASE STOP taking all the good shows off the air! And if you’re going to insist on taking them off the air at least have the coutesy of letting us know when and give us a grand finale with a happy ending! I’ve lost count of how many great shows I’ve started watching and then all of the sudden there gone and never heard from again! 2 examples… The Travelor and Lip Stick Jungle! IF YOU’RE GOING TO START SOMETHING THAN THE LEAST YOU COULD DO IS FINISH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Genia says

    I watched the first season and really enjoyed it. Because there was no advertising on when the show would be coming back I missed a good part of this season. I did watch the end of it, which was great but, I am very disappointed that it was cancelled. Please bring it back………

  8. Shirley says

    I had been watching this program from the start – today I looked on the web and found articles saying it is cancelled???? What! Please bring it back – there is an audience for this program.

  9. Kitty stephens says

    My favorite show!!*The best show ABC has had on!! I wish all their shows were this good!!**I would watch ABC all the time!!*

  10. Jan says

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOO dissapointed itis being cancelled. I had to tivo this show that was the only way I could watch so so so so sad

  11. L says

    This was such a good show.. am disappointed it is being cancelled and left hanging in the air. Great cast and great story… please bring it back ABC…

  12. Lisa says

    Again, the ppl who DVR shows aren’t counted in the ratings. And isn’t that how most of the country watches its tv now???? get a clue ABC, you need to account for those people too. Such an amazing show.

  13. z says

    That’s absolutely crazy…ABC never even gave DSM a chance. I believe ABC did a lousy job promoting this show.
    We always looked forward to watching the show. I’m sorry to see it go.

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