Happy Town: TV Show Pulled by ABC, Is It Cancelled?

Happy TownAfter just two weeks on the air, ABC has decided to pull Happy Town from the schedule. The TV show will be back but, for how long?

Happy Town follows the residents of a small town in Minnesota. After being plagued by kidnappings years ago, it seems the mysterious “Magic Man” has returned to start a killing spree. The cast includes features Sam Neill, M.C. Gainey, Geoff Stults, Lauren German, Amy Acker, Steven Weber, Ben Schnetzer, Sarah Gadon, Jay Paulson, and Robert Wisdom.

The series got off to a poor start two weeks ago with a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.25 million viewers. Last week, for episode two, viewership took a nosedive to a 1.2 in the demo and 3.79 million viewers.

To no surprise, ABC has pulled Happy Town for the remainder of May sweeps. After tonight’s episode, the series goes on hiatus for two weeks and will return on June 2nd.

While this wouldn’t necessarily be a sign that the show will be cancelled, the ratings are. They’re terrible and there’s every expectation that they’re just going to get worse — especially with warmer weather coming and people spending less time in front of the TV.

TV show supportAfter tonight’s episode, there are just five episode left. With numbers like these, fans of Happy Town will be lucky if the network shows the rest of them, never mind a second season.

Next week’s episode will be replaced by an edition of Primetime: What Would You Do?. On May 26th, ABC will present the network premiere of the Transformers movie.

What do you think? Why isn’t Happy Town performing better? Is it just not a very good TV show or are viewers just missing the boat?

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  1. William says

    Great show, I wish ABC would bring it back. I don’t know why it didn’t get any support from the network, as it filled a unique niche, and was well written.

  2. Guido Baldini says

    While I thought “Happy Town” was an interesting show, the use of the term “Magic Man” tends to leave one to believe this is not a suspense or thrillere show. The title is also pretty lame.

  3. Jeanette says

    I keep hoping this show will return. I love it. I agree there wasn’t much in the way of marketing for this show. Please bring it back for those of us who want to watch a real drama and a real mystery that you can get wrapped up in.

  4. Lisa Cooper says

    Love It!!! Great ending, now waiting to see what happens and put it all together. Please bring it back. Love a mystery show, not enough on T.V. these days.


    Lisa Cooper

  5. bg says

    O.K. ABC you have found a few good shows like Detroit 187, modern family, and well actually you only have two good shows. Lost was a hit, but with it now ended what should people watch that want to fill that void. People want to keep searching for a new twist, like with lost and happy town is that series. Happy Town was that next Lost, but for some reason you pulled it. Yeah rating might not have been that good, but where was the promotion for it and marketing that you put out for crap like dancing with the stars, bachelor pad, cougar town, grey’s anatomy, the middle and so much more that is absolute crap. I want to find a network that actually shows SHOWS, not reality crap that I could care less about. I think I speak for a lot of people, what happened to a decent show instead of either a dancing, singing or some other talent show, which has a lot of untalented people, politics, and stuff I could care less about. I want a decent story, not someones pathetic life forged on TV into being so dramatic and glamorous. PLEASE IF NOT ABC WILL SOMEONE CHANGE TV TO THE BETTER.

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