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. Paul says

    This was an intelligent well written series which had the benefit of a European back drop. It was a refreshing change from the cookie cutter TV series produced by Hollywood. It featured great cinematography, acting was of quality. I am saddened that it was not given a chance to succeed, I suspect that it will catch on in DVD format due to word of mouth and that it was a sequential series which requires the watcher to view it weekly, the DVD box set will benefit those who when intriged will watch multiple episodes as one can not put down a good book.
    I would applaud the prouducer who would take the risk and give us multiple years of great TV and produce another or multiple seasons of Missing. I employ those with influence in Hollywood to prduce another session of Missing and give us hope for those member of the audence who expect more from Hollywood .

  2. Liron says

    It’s a great show I can’t tell why would they cancel it for another season!!! I need a second season!!! No fair!!

  3. John says

    This was one of the best action/thriller/drama series I’ve ever seen. Great story lines, exotic locations, stunning characterization. Haven’t seen anything this good that wasn’t in the form of a full length movie in theaters ! I don’t believe the ” low ratings ” story. I think it got **** canned because the agency ( that is the real C.I.A. ) did not like how the show portrayed their operatives and how they would use torture to get information. Just like Katherine Bigilow’s movie ” Zero Dark Thirty “. The agency actually asked Bigilow to take out torture scenes and not reference what they call ” enhanced interrogation techniques ” which is essentially torture.

  4. Nederland says

    I’m from the Netherlands and we really liked the show. Every week we watched it with the family. It’s a shame we will never see hhow the story ends…. #sad

  5. peter says

    are u serious???? i am from germany and i just finished watching season 1. such a great series, somehow compareable to the movies take and taken 2. but even more intense. tv shows in germany are stupid and after reading all this comments i know the same goes for most of the US tv shows. but this one was brilliant. i just cant believe that this stupid broadcaster canceled such a thrilling show!!!

  6. Ashley Fan says

    I’d be curious to know what the ratings were in Australia, it was very popular here, I looked forward to each week. How can they can a show who’s star is nominated for outstanding actress Emmy. Not happy Jan….

  7. betty says

    my husband and i watched the every week, thought it was pretty good and was something away from the hospital and reality shows, which i am tired of. sorry to hear it will not be back on.

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