Missing: ABC Series Cancelled; No Season Two

Missing on ABC canceled, no season 2Becca Winstone’s chase is over. ABC has cancelled Missing, their Thursday night TV series, after one season and 10 episodes.

Starring Ashley Judd, Missing follows a former CIA Agent turned single mom as she searches for her missing son in Europe. The action show also stars Adriano Giannini, Nick Eversman, Cliff Curtis, Tereza Voriskova, and Sean Bean.

Missing got off to a disappointing start on March 15th, registering a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.60 million viewers. It was in third place for the demo and second place in total viewership.

In week two, the numbers took a significant drop, to a 1.6 rating with 8.81 million. Over the next several weeks, Missing fell lower and lower. The most recent episode hit a new low with a 1.1 demo rating and 6.37 million total viewers.

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Overall, Missing’s been averaging a 1.5 rating with 7.70 million viewers. If they had more episodes in the season, those averages would surely keep sinking lower.

On our ABC Ratings Report Card, which measures the relative demo success of TV shows on the network, Missing has a “D-” for a grade. Of the 22 scripted shows on the network this season, Missing ranks 21st — just above the already-cancelled Charlie’s Angels remake.

With low ratings and steep declines, it’s no wonder that ABC decided not to renew Missing for a second season.

The series finale airs next Thursday and will hopefully include enough closure to satisfy the viewers that stuck with it.

What do you think? Are you sorry to hear that Missing has been cancelled? Why do you think the show didn’t succeed? How long should have the show realistically lasted — one season, two, three or more?

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  1. fearga McEvoy says

    Found this by accident on ITunes and downloaded the series – it was one of the best, if not the best TV shows I’ve seen in ages. Suspenseful, brilliant acting by all involved, but especially by Ashley Judd, she deserved her award. I can’t believe they didn’t go with a second series, I have no doubt it would eventually have caught on and secondly if they weren’t going to renew disappointed and frustrated they didn’t give it a better ending. Shortsighted on the part of the network and a missed opportunity of a series that could have been great.
    Ashley you were amazing.

  2. Mel Baldin says

    This is why I am reluctant to start watching ANY television series. They run a season, leave you hanging with unfinished storylines, and cancel the show. At least wrap it up! Finish the storyline before cancelling!

  3. Diane Turner says

    I really looked forward to the action packed series and Ashley Judd is one of the best actresses I have watched in avery long time.
    I was so disappointed when I heard that they had cancelled the season 2,
    I think more exposure for the show would hae helped the ratings.
    The show had great actors and I wish they had given the show aittle more time to catch on
    Kudoo,s goes out to Ashley Judd who absolutely rocked in her role

  4. Diana says

    I was eagerly awaiting the next season of this show. I cannot imagine it would have low ratings as defined in this article. It was great, as was the suspense. Ashley Judd was incredible. Some of the most useless TV series are kept and renewed while the really good ones are not. This is a typical example. The ending of the first season was a cliffhanger.

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