October Road: After a Disappointing Season, Is the Series Finished on ABC?

October RoadDespite a slew of negative reviews from critics last year, ABC’s midseason drama, October Road, attracted an average of 10.2 million viewers for its six episode season. The series typically lost a large percentage of viewers from its Grey’s Anatomy lead-in but it was enough to earn Road a second year. Now that the second season has finished airing, will there be a year three?

For whatever reason, October Road hit a slump in its sophomore year. Prior to this month, the series had been averaging fewer than five million viewers. ABC had ordered 13 episodes for year two with the option of expanding it to 22 episodes if needed. With the writers strike and the disappointing ratings, the network didn’t feel they needed any more.

Last month, ABC announced that several of its series had been renewed for the fall season and, not surprisingly, October Road was absent from the list. If network executives were waiting until March to see the performance of the final three episodes, the show’s cause wasn’t helped. March 3rd’s episode attracted only 5.3 million viewers and a 2/5 rating/share of the 18-49 demographic. This week’s two hours averaged a dismal 4.7 million viewers and a 1.8/5 rating/share. Compared to last season’s finale, that’s a loss of almost 50% in total viewers.

Since it looks pretty unlikely that Nick and the other residents of Knights Ridge will be back for a third season on ABC, will we ever learn the identity of Sam’s father? Maybe.

There is talk that the CW and Lifetime are interested in continuing the series should ABC let it go. CW could certainly use the ratings as none of their present programming comes close to attracting Road’s viewership. On the other hand, Road would fit well with Lifetime’s other programming.

We’ll know ABC’s decision by mid-May at the latest. If they don’t want to continue the drama, it will be interesting to see if some other network does. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Kristie Jackson says

    I fell in love with this show on Hulu about a week ago just to find out that there were only 19 episodes. This is such a good show to throw in the trash, I believe that it would be a great idea to start the 3rd season now.

  2. joshua says

    I just watched October road on hulu for the first time, i wanted to watch it when it first hit the air but i was deployed overseas when i came home it was already canceled, I think that the cw should pick it up and start from season three this is way to good of a show to not have more than 19 episodes.

  3. Karen says

    I am a big fan of October Road from years ago. I just finished watching the series again on HULU. I would love to see this show come back. It would’ve been nice if they had at least gave us a proper ending. Not sure who is the decider in canceling shows… but they should be fired. Every time I like a show on ABC they cut it. They listen to critics.. Forget the Critics ABC… Pay attention to the viewers! I’m pretty much fed up with this network.

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