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GCB: Cancelled; No Season Two for ABC Show

GCB season two cancelled on ABCDid Carlene finally take down Amanda? We’ll never know. ABC has cancelled GCB after one short season of 10 episodes. There won’t be a “second coming” or a second season for this show.

Based on the novel Good Christian Bitches, GCB follows a former high school mean girl (Leslie Bibb), now a single mom and widow, who returns home to Texas and tries to make amends with the women that she used to torment. The show’s ensemble cast also includes Lauran Irion, Colton Shires, Annie Potts, Kristin Chenoweth, David James Elliott, Jennifer Aspen, Brad Beyer, Miriam Shor, Mark Deklin, and Marisol Nichols.

This dramedy debuted to a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demograpic with 7.56 million viewers. That wasn’t a great showing but it was far better than what ABC had been getting with Pan Am earlier in the season.

Did Christian protests impact the decision to cancel GCB?

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Most shows see their ratings decline in week two but GCB’s actually grew, a sign that there was some positive word of mouth helping the series.

Over the course of the show’s short season, the numbers fluctuated a bit but it ended up averaging a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.87 million viewers. On our ABC Ratings Report Card, which measures the relative demo performance of shows on the network, GCB had a “C-” grade.

It was firmly “on the bubble” between a cancellation and a renewal but ABC ultimately decided to cancel it. A slightly-better rated bubble show, Scandal was renewed. If that new Shonda Rhimes series had done a bit worse, GCB might have been renewed.

As it is, GCB has been cancelled. Some Christians and organizations objected to the show as they felt the original title was demeaning to Christians. Some called for boycotts but its difficult to know if that had any impact on the ratings or the network.

The last episode of GCB aired on May 6th. It wasn’t intended as a series finale so some ongoing storylines were left unresolved.

What do you think? Are you sorry to hear that GCB has been cancelled and won’t be returning for season two? Do you think the show was demeaning to all Christians? Do you think the objections had an impact on ABC’s decision to cancel it?

 

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Linda August 23, 2014 at 11:47 pm

I was soooo disappointed too.
I ‘ve watched the original season over & over.
Can’t get enough of it, but have to!!!

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ruth May 12, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Can’t believe no follow on series….was a must watch …loved every moment …disappointed that it’s finished ..:0(

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Charles March 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm

I LOVED that show and it was so entertaining. Being born and raised in the church, I thought it was very amusing and we all know there are those people in ALL churches. BRING THE SHOW BACK WITH THE FULL CAST!

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Linda August 23, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Yes, so who was being offended?
Bring it back, original cast intact!

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Linda February 26, 2014 at 12:42 am

I loved the show. It had a great cast , so talented. Hope it comes back. I liked it better than scandal.

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Penny February 13, 2014 at 10:10 pm

I will truly miss this show. I don’t believe the show was demeaning to anyone. It was very funny and entertaining.

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