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.

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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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  1. Ted says

    I ran across this show back n the beginning but never saw the complete season. I cam across season 1 thru amazon and really enjoyed the whole season 1. However, now I am in limbo. Not sure why season 2 was never completed or aired but since there is Netflix and hulu, can’t someone at least finish the show or tie u the loose ends and let people have the option of renting or buying it so we can have closer? There are a lot of shows on regular TV now that are just plain stupid and should not even be on now, yet GCB only had one season while thee other lame shows continue to air.

  2. Ignatius says

    I’m from Europe (Slovenia) and we (me and my friends) love GCB… Would enjoy the renew and some more seasons.

  3. KIM says

    I wish the show came back, I think it will be a success worldwide(I am Dutch original, living in London now). I watched the show when it came out, and still got the show in my mind.

  4. Leiko says

    I live and japan and I loooved the show!!! It’s so funny and i love the cast. Please bring it back!! Season 2 please!!!

  5. Forcryingoutloud says

    this was a fantastic funny show…..they should have cut scandal ZzzzZZzzzz boring it’s so much nicer to laugh and watch funny things so sick and tired of boring old thrillers dramas cop shows blah blah. bring it back season 2 pleaseeeeee

  6. Hope says

    Please please please bring back this show I LOVED IT, its soooo funny and charming it had some really beautiful moments in all that nasty.

  7. Linda says

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

  8. ruth says

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

  9. Charles says

    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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