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. Cynthia says

    We watching this tv show in the netherlands and everyone was always talking about this show and its very confusing at the last episode to see the women dissapear we really want a second season my mom and i want to see more and find out what happend to her!! we love this show missing in the netherlands so much!!

    • Susan says

      We agree with Mary… this is one of the best TV shows we’ve ever seen. We just finished the 10th episode … and WANT TO SEE MORE!

      Come on ABC…

      Susan and Brian

  2. MJ says

    This is a real shame. This was an excellent show & one of just a couple I would make sure I had all my work for the day completed so I could sit down & watch the program. I am not a real fan of sitting in front of a tv…so it takes a special show and interest to have me plan my evening around it!!!! This show kept you on your toes, when you think you figured out what would happen next, you most likely didn’t get it correct. I think this show should be given a 2nd chance & put another series out there. I kept waiting for the next one to come out and finally just googled it and found some very disturbing information about cancelling and no series 2. Come on wake up and smell the coffee….we need some shows on TV that truly are “worth” watching and this certainly was one of them!!! Lets have season 2 – Bring it On

  3. starr says

    Oh “,Why For Real “I too was so looking forward to season 2 what eva happen to(” Becca”??????!!!!)

  4. Anonymous says

    Oh ,come on what happen to “Becca” so looking forward to finding out!why isn’t there there a second season i’m wondering my self!( It was getting good!)

  5. Robin Osorio says

    I just finished watching “Missing” season 1 and want to say that it was a very good TV series which should have been given at least a season 2. I’ll be glad when the networks realize that they cannot depend solely on TV viewer numbers any longer to determine the success of a TV series because there are many viewers who, like myself, just found “Missing” online and watched the entire series. Based on the comments I read, I would say that the nearly 2,000 total comments here are some evidence of that. Why do networks think that 18-49 year olds is the most important demographic? I know this is probably the demographic that keeps all of the shallow reality TV on the air, but many viewers are just plain sick of it, and some, like myself were never interested in it. I’m beyond the 18-49 year old demographic and watch my fair share of TV. My demographic is the TV generation. Younger folks have had a wider variety of entertainment choices given the age of technology into which they were born, at least the majority of them. And yes, we have those choices now also, but many of us stay with watching TV, though not necessarily the one sitting in our living room, or wherever, on network airing nights according to program guides. However, if you base viewing on that, really, who is more likely to be sitting still, week nights or weekends, watching TV, other than on “movie night” that needed to be created for this purpose, which says a great deal in itself, the 18-49 year olds who have so many other things to occupy their time, or ages 50+, who may not have or may not care to have the array of social engagements from school, careers, etc., that they once did, and don’t forget the retirees? The TV ratings system it seems is not working. It has evidently become antiquated and is not keeping up with technology, try as it may. I say this because “Missing” is definitely not the first TV series for which I have seen this happen. Some are being picked up by other, more insightful, networks and other series have been reconsidered and brought back by their original networks based on viewer petitions and other forums which compelled the “powers that be” to rethink their decision to cancel. It says a lot when viewers feel the need to create petitions on Change.org to save their favorite TV series from being cancelled or to bring it back after cancellation. I’ve signed several myself. IMHO, that is proof the current system for making those decisions is, as I’ve already stated, not working. Hopefully, “Missing” will join the new and rapidly growing “category” of worthwhile and compelling TV series being “saved” by the collective voice of disgruntled viewers. As others have mentioned, “Missing” has a group of fine Actors, great plot, storylines and settings, is provocative, action-packed, drama, all of which is very well performed, and therefore, entertaining. In short, someone please give “Missing” a second chance. Thanks for your consideration.

  6. Laurie says

    ABC, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? Why tank a brilliant series? Was it because it had action, suspense, intensity, a plot? Of course, someone placed it during the most horrid “season” of the year.
    Could it have been it just was not following the prescribed format? Was it because the series claimed some of the best talent ever?
    Bring it back, FORGIVE YOURSELVES, BRING it back!

  7. Tammy says

    This is getting so frustrating~politics/money behind the networks~This was one of the better tv series on it actually made you think unlike other crap on the networks like reality shows~i think we are on overload of those! It’s time to start watching internet tv and ditch the almighty networks!!

  8. amel says

    seriously!!!!!………………..not the way I was looking forward to season 2. It was a great show was really hooked. Where’s Becca

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