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. shannon3boys says

    this show is amazing, i miss it terribly and will be so disappointed if it doesnt come back for another season. they left to many questions unanswered, to many situations wide open. i NEED to know what happens next!!

  2. Dawn says

    Why would you guys cancel October Road? This is one of teh best shows on ABC by far!!! The way todays economy is people can’t afford to go and do anything therefore people are staying home doing alot more tv watching.. This is a great show please keep it on the air!!!!!

  3. DANIELLLE says

    AND THIS PUSHING DAISY’S YOU ALL KEPT..CAN YOU SAY DUMB..THANKS BRING OCTOBER ROAD BACK OR I’M GOING TO TELL EVERYONE TO CANCELTHERE CABLE. FORGET THIS WHOLE DIGITAL TRANSITION IN FEB,2009 WE ARE ALL SO POOR THAT WE WILL ALL HAVE TO PROBABLY CANCEL EVERY BILL WE HAVE…BUT ATLEAST WE WILL HAVE OCTOBER ROAD…

  4. danielle says

    just bring it back already,,what is everyones problem..the point is it was a great show.and it finally is something that can teach all of the children in the world.love and respect..maybe if you bring it back the children will actually decide to stay in there own homes and not be roming the streets trying to find something to do..and then get in trouble,or worse DEAD…BRING BACK THIS GREAT FAMILY NIGHT SHOW WE ALL MISS IT IT WAS SOMETHING IN THIS WORLD THAT WE ALL USED TO LOOK FORWARD TO THAT WOULD NEVER LET US DOWN IN LIFE….THINK OF THE WORLD.JUST BRING IT BACK…

  5. nicole says

    what the hell are you crazy to cancel the show i love this show its much better then all the other shows on the network its one of the best show on this networks please put up this show if abc doesnt want it
    PLEASE
    PLEASE
    PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. guadalupe says

    please dont cancel the show gots because there are new show that you think will get more rates doesnt mean that you need to cancel the show and i want to know whats going to happen

  7. janice says

    please,please,please continue the show , this is one of the few shows that i like too watch, so to end ,i want too saythank you for returning my show to me.

  8. Missy says

    I only hope that someone will pick this show up! This is one of the great shows that got canceled and I am very disappointed. I would love to know who the critics were who said this show was no good cause I think they suck at any of there other choices. They keep the most retarded shows on and cancel the good ones. I want my October Road back please!!!!!!!! Thanks!

  9. jm says

    What is a matter with this network? This is such a great show how can you leave it’s loyal fans with so MANY un-anserwed questions why would you do this it’s SUCH A GREAT SHOW!!!! You have to bring it back please DO NOT CANCEL IT!!!!

  10. eletha says

    PLease bring October road back I love that show, this is horrible. Finally something good and you cancel it. This is crazy!!!!!!!

  11. anonymous says

    OF COURSE. There’s finally something good to watch on tv, and it’s cancelled. I’m SOOOOOO sick of “reality” t.v. It’s become a real bore. And all these “talent’ shows….ENOUGH. This show had a great plot, awesome characters, and phenomal soundtrack…and it’s cancelled. Well, I guess that means I can spend more time reading books since there’s NOTHING on television these days! Someone with some intelligence…please pick this show up. The non-brain dead American viewers who are tired on dancing and singing shows really enjoyed watching it!

  12. Laura Blalock says

    October Road was a much better show than many that were continued! In the day of all the “reality” b.s.’s,,,,!FOR PETE’S SAKE, SOMEBODY PICK IT UP!!!!

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