GCB: Cancel or Renew for Season Two?

Should GCB be cancelled or renewed?With Desperate Housewives on the way out and after the disappointing performance of Pan Am, ABC needs new shows for the Sunday night schedule. Have they found a success in GCB or will it also be cancelled?

GCB revolves around former high-school mean-girl Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb). Now a widow with two children, she returns to her former Texas hometown to live with her mother (Annie Potts). Amanda comes face to face with the former schoolmates that she used to mock and tries to make amends and build a new life. Other castmembers include Jennifer Aspen, Marisol Nichols, Miriam Shor, David James Elliott, Mark Deklin, Brad Beyer, and Kristin Chenoweth.

The series debuted on March 4th to a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.56 million total viewers. It was in second place for the timeslot, behind NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. Compared to the (series) finale of Pan Am however, ABC was up by 83% in the all-important demo.

While most shows experience a decline in week two, GCB’s demo actually rose to a 2.3 rating. The third week’s demo fell 13% but the show was in first place in the timeslot.

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The numbers have fluctuated up and down over the course of the season and a couple weeks ago, it fell to a low 1.5 rating with 4.43 million. Sunday’s installment however (per the overnights) rebounded to a 1.9 demo rating, a rise of 26%.

This season has averaged a mediocre 1.9 in the demo with 5.92 million. That’s just 12% better than Pan Am. On our ABC Ratings Report Card, GCB gets a “C-” and is certainly “on the bubble.”

However, the alphabet network has a history of renewing one or two struggling freshman shows each year. Castle and Happy Endings have benefited from that strategy and the gambles have paid off.

Will GCB be renewed for a second season? It could go either way but, with ABC still being in need of new hour-long shows, it seems likely that GCB will end up on the schedule next year.

But, what do you think? Are you watching GCB each week? Do you realistically think that it will be back next fall or end up being cancelled?

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  1. Candy says

    PLEASE dont cancel this show!! I am a HUGE fan and I watch it religiously. It is hilarious and heartfelt. Its SO good. I really needed this after OTH ended. GCB was my new show and I am going to be devastated if it goes :(

    Please let me know what I can do to keep this show on the air!

    Thank you and GCB forever!!

  2. Megan M says

    My family loved season 1 of GCB. Please don’t cancel it!!!!! Perfect replacement for Desperate Housewives.

  3. Chrissy says

    Please, Please, Please don’t cancel this show we watch it every week and DVR it if we aren’t able to. The cast is so great, it would be a shame for ABC to cancel it.

  4. Lilly Morgan says

    There are very few show I love!!.. I look forward to this one every week.. In fact everyone I know loves it.. and I live in DALLAS……DON”T CANCEL.. we need this kind of laughter

  5. Victor Lopez says

    I’m a huge fan of the show. I love all the girls especially Kristen Chenowith. Please bring it back.

  6. Roxy says

    My hubby & I LOVE this show! It is one we actually watch together. We DVR it every Sunday and watch it every Monday. We look forward to it. Please DO NOT cancel this GEM of a show. It is so funny and light. The writing and acting is superb! Thank you to everyone involved in this one – it’s a definite winner!!!!

  7. Patti says

    I love this show. It is a breath of fresh air from all the serious police dramas and reality shows. Please do not cancel. Give it some time I can tell other viewers are starting to catch on. I hear them talking

  8. John Shouse says

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this show!!!!!! Please don’t cancel it, all the actors are just starting to flesh out their characters…give them a chance!!!!

  9. Lisa MacColl says

    I love GCB. It’s witty, it’s intelligent and laugh out loud funny. Bring it back next year!

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