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Hellcats: New CW TV Series Premieres; Cancel or Keep It?

HellcatsThe CW network kicked off the Fall 2010 season last night with the premiere of their new Hellcats series? Is the drama giving the network something to cheer about or will it be dumped like last year’s quickly-cancelled The Beautiful Life?

Hellcats revolves around Marti Perkins (Aly Michalka), a pre-law student who must join her university’s cheerleading team to win a scholarship to stay in school. The show also features Ashley Tisdale, Gail O’Grady, Heather Hemmens, Matt Barr, Robbie Jones, and Sharon Leal.

Last night, the Hellcats debut attracted a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.99 million viewers, putting the program in a distant fifth place in both categories (per the overnights). That would be a terrible performance by any other network’s standards but is good for The CW’s.

Should Hellcats continue on The CW?

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In the network’s coveted female 18-34 demo, Hellcats was in third place with a 2.0 rating. Also, viewership grew as the hour progressed so it would seem viewers stuck with it and most will return for more next week.

On the downside, Hellcats’ ratings really should have been better since it premiered opposite reality programming and repeats on the other networks. The series can’t afford to lose many viewers in the next couple weeks to be safe from cancellation.

Unfortunately, once the other networks start rolling out their new programming — particularly shows like Hell’s Kitchen and Modern FamilyHellcats’ viewership is likely to take a beating.

In short, the premiere could have been better and it could have been worse. We’ll have to wait and see how well it holds up in the coming weeks.

But, what do you think? Is Hellcats worth watching? Will you keep tuning in when the other networks have new shows?

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

tw October 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm

keep it!!!!! aly and ashley are better than they were on disney.


Heather September 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I hate when a network offers up a show and then cancels it! I understand the financial reasoning behind it and all – just as I understand why we have hunting seasons- but it doesn’t mean I like it. I enjoy the show…I think it is a keeper!


Tiffany LaHue September 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm



ERICA September 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I’m going to say KEEP IT I really like it, but if the CW cancels this well I will boycott that channel.


badlooz September 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm

KEEP. I like the premise of both Nikita and Hellcats. As long as the storylines continually evolve and character development enhances, then all should be good. Both have what viewers are looking for… hot women, good lookin’ guys, interesting plot and a hook at the end to keep viewers wondering what will happen next. In the end, it is all up to the writers! The casted actors are worth watching.


lorna September 12, 2010 at 9:57 pm

i refuse to watch any new cw shows after they got rid of melrose. cancel it.


MaddieC September 16, 2010 at 3:31 am

i completely agree.. cannot believe they took off Melrose Place for that crap!


zahadum September 11, 2010 at 10:13 am

Keep it! Reminds me of my college years. I had a roommate like Ashley Tinsdale’s Savannah character. Eye candy Robbie Jones and D.B. Woodside make it sweeter.


AF September 11, 2010 at 3:30 am

Please keep it!


Barbara2001 September 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Yes, it’s far better than I expected. Please keep it.


Myra September 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Please keep it!!


Lavender September 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Keep it!


Criss September 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Yes!! Keep it, its definitely worth a watch, and I am going to continue to keep watching.


TheOtherColleen September 9, 2010 at 5:51 pm

It’s a keeper!


Eileen September 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Keep it, definitely!!!!!


Jeremy Rynek September 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Cancel it NOW!!!


daniella maria ortegz garcia guevera September 9, 2010 at 8:12 pm

i strongly agree
it’s just a waste of aly michalka’s good talent.


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