FlashForward: TV Show Ratings Drop to a New Low; Doomed to Be Cancelled

FlashForwardAt one time, the ABC drama was billed as the new Lost. Unfortunately, FlashForward hasn’t gotten as warm a reception as the network would have liked. While Lost will soon say goodbye after six seasons, FlashForward will surely end after just 22 episodes.

FlashForward begins as the world’s population blacks out for 137 seconds and they “flash forward” to see visions of their lives six months in the future. The series’ ensemble cast includes Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Jack Davenport, Zachary Knighton, Peyton List, Dominic Monaghan, Brian F. O’Byrne, Courtney B. Vance, Sonya Walger, and Christine Woods.

The series debuted on September 24th on ABC. The premiere attracted a 4.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 12.47 million viewers. The following week, the number dropped to a still very respectable 3.7 and 10.73 million. For week three, the ratings dropped again to a 3.0 and nine million.

Then, over the next several episodes, the all-important demo dropped to a low of a 2.1 rating with just 7.1 million viewers.

To make matters worse, after 10 episodes, ABC took the show off the air for three months. The spin was that this was a positive thing, allowing the network to promote it and essentially relaunch the program. They tried but, as expected, the numbers were even worse when FlashForward returned in March.

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Last night’s episode fell to a new low for the series. It attracted a truly horrible 1.3 rating in the demo and 4.75 million viewers, per the overnights. When a show comes in at fifth place in the demo, behind The CW, you have a disaster on your hands.

While it was once considered that FlashForward was on the bubble for renewal, it’s now clear that there’s no way ABC will bring this show back next season. The ratings are just too low.

Sadly, that very likely means that viewers won’t get all of the answers they’ve been craving. There are only three episodes left so at least we know that ABC will let them all air.

What do you think? Why do you think that FlashForward didn’t catch on? The big hiatus didn’t help but the ratings kept sinking even before that. Not a good enough show?

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  1. C. Fortune says

    Please put Flashforward back on. You all allow some of the bad shows to stay on and cancel the good ones. I was starting to understand it, also my husband loves mysteries and that show was definitly a mystery. We never found out what the Kangaroo meant, what did that have to do with the shows plots. Please put it back on

  2. Tony says

    Now i see why this show was cancelled…birds falling from the sky? Dead crabs by the millions? This show really was ahead of it’s time.

  3. Robert says

    Why didn’t the author, producers and the powers that are “ABC” leave the original idea of the book alone. They doomed the show by not giving the series a power send off. All they needed to do was to go back to the old formula of creating a MTW and they could have wrote their own ticket. Instead, they allowed the author to create different characters from the book and also alter all that was written. This book still has ‘movie’ all over it! Read the book and see what I am talking about please. If the producers just took the entire contents of the book and brought it to life in a full length movie, the viewing audiences would pay to see the final product. The way the television series presented the author’s words (partly the fault of the author), shot the series in the foot. The concept was fresh and one that would spark the imagination of any audience. Unfortunately, ABC was looking for a cash cow and they soured something that could have been pure cream!

  4. Let it not be known says

    I think its because of poor choice of music and sound affects in certain scene, poor plot lines and from many people have told me, the story just wasn’t good.

  5. GG says

    This was the NEW LOST in my book.
    I’m shocked to find it was canceled. SOOO much better than V
    What’s wrong with you people??

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