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. Teresa says

    I can’t believe it’s over!!! It was on a night that American Idol was on and how could you not know that people would be watching AI. You’ve gone an let a reality TV show beat you!! Shame. Shame. Shame on you!!
    Missing was such a great show to watch. Love all the characters in the show. Then you go and end it with Beca missing and blood in the car…… REALLY!!! How can you leave us begging for more then cut it off like that…..
    I hope you pick it back up and give it another chance. It was a great show to talk about “around the office water cooler”.

  2. Fatima says

    Honestly, it may become a bit repetitive, but just the judd-bean tandem and the beautiful locations should have been enough to keep the show running! I am so disappointed..

  3. sylvia says

    i love it on the first episode. the story line was captivating (yes, there is a story line unlike some cliche reality show) How can i ever want to watch any show on ABC if they keep on cancelling great show and leave us cliff hanging?

  4. Helena says

    I can’t believe 6,37 million viewers isn’t enough to keep a show running.. It’s almost my whole country’s population!! Are the viewers taken into consideration in the equation to kill a show, or is it just about money? :(

  5. LM says

    I was trying to figure out when Season 2 was starting, only to find out the series has been cancelled. In this day & age where most shows on TV are ‘reality series,’ it was refreshing to see a show that involved acting and left you excited for the next episode, trying to anticipate what was going to happen. I have enjoyed watching Ashley Judd in TV series & movies since the early 90’s. I hope to see her on TV and/or on the big screen again soon. What a disappointment, 2 thumbs down ABC.

  6. Cara says

    I am missing Missing. My family and I really enjoyed the series and we were looking forward to seeing the followup shows. I agree with Lyndon’s comments above. The show really kept the viewer on the edge of the seat which is rarely seen with today’s programs. What a huge disappointment that the show has been cancelled. If ‘the powers that be’ change their mind we will return as viewers.

  7. Lyndon Dearlove says

    I loved watching this show and really enjoyed the mystery that carried switches and blind-corners. It wan not merely an action show but an exersize of your brain, something you rarely find on TV today. Despite the sheer blatency of some themes, the overall theme of the eventual triumph of wit and reason of callous pride was enough to keep me tuned in. The only reason that I think some viewers may have stopped following the series is that after each episode it left you on tenderhooks as to what would happen in the next section of plot, once-again a characteristic rarely found in TV today. It was however this tension that encouraged me to watch it each week and I wish that another perhaps larger network or one with either the extra funds avalible or one focussed upon the smaller but perhaps more educated and mature sections of society would se the need to restore it to the screen for its second series. I live in New Zealand and even all the way over here it was popular so I would avidly hope that another network or even perhaps ABC in time to come would see the need for another series to give solace to the lost hopes for the family which provided so much late night entertainment and mental stimulation after a long drought of such.

  8. Tania says

    Such a good show. Was looking forward to season 2. Guess I will never know what happen. Thanks :(:(


    Why do they always cancel the good shows, are you kidding me tv is over-run by stupid reality shows…we need more shows like Missing and we need Missing…c’mon abc REALLY!!!!

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