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Mind Games: Cancelled by ABC, Celebrity Wife Swap to Come

Mind Games canceledChristian Slater can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to television. ABC has cancelled his low-rated Mind Games TV series. Only five of the 13 episodes have aired. No word on what will become of the rest.

Mind Games follows a pair of brothers (Slater and Steve Zahn) who use psychological manipulation to solve problems and to make people’s dreams come true. The rest of the cast includes Megalyn Echikunwoke, Wynn Everett, Gregory Marcel, Cedric Sanders, and Jaime Ray Newman.

Replacing Killer Women, Mind Games debuted in late February to a disappointing 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.58 million total viewers. As bad as that was, the second episode performed even wors, dropping nearly 40% in the demo. The numbers perked up a little after that but were overall still terrible.

For the immediate future, ABC will air reruns of Sunday night drama Resurrection. That show started strong but has been losing significant numbers of viewers each week and could use added exposure.

Starting April 15th, the third season of Celebrity Wife Swap will take over the Tuesdays at 10pm timeslot. The network has 13 episodes.

Mind Games marks the third disappointment for ABC in the later Tuesday night slot. Lucky 7 was pulled after two installments and Killer Women was dropped after six. The network cancelled Body of Proof last season due to low ratings but they now look nearly stellar in comparison.

What do you think? Do you think ABC should have cancelled Mind Games or did they wait too long? Why do you think it bombed?

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Kristi May 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I loved the show, they should atleast air the rest of the episodes! I hope they change their minds and renew it or get picked up by another network.


Jana May 12, 2014 at 1:22 am

since abc made 13 episodes, i’d like to see the Mind Games season go to dvd. i’d buy it.


h April 29, 2014 at 11:20 am

good shows get cancelled, (firefly? come on son) time slots, other shows on other channels, all reasons shows go bye bye. Basically the wrong people decide what to watch, because of …… you know why. loved mind games. loved breaking in, loved the forgotten, slater is having a bad run with good shows.


Anonymous April 24, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Loved the show. They should have given it a little longer. Will miss it.


Keith April 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I really liked this show. I hope that it gets another chance. It’s the only show I watched on ABC.


HM Phobe April 24, 2014 at 10:24 am

A damn fine show in a crappy time slot. Please put any remaining episodes out there for us to stream.


Laura April 21, 2014 at 10:49 pm

This was an AWESOME show, who cares about another Reality show Seriously Celebrity Wife Swap, SMH!!!! I am super hesitant watching new series’s anymore it seems like the shows I fall in love with ultimately get cancelled :/ I guess I need to start them in the second season!!!! Peace out!!!!!


Skye April 17, 2014 at 9:08 am

I loved the show as well… shouldn’t they have at least finished a season for those of us who did like it?


jj April 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Bummer! I loved this show. I had a hard time finding it on demand and the name was not easy to remember. It needed a better name, more access, more advertising. It was terrific and Im sorry to seego. I hope they will put all the episodes in netflix.


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