With the success of Once Upon a Time, ABC had high hopes for spin-off Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Unfortunately for fans, their ratings expectations haven’t been met and the series has been cancelled.
On Wonderland, a beautiful young Alice (Sophie Lowe) takes a tumble down the rabbit hole to a place where nothing is impossible. The series also stars Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby, Naveen Andrews, and John Lithgow.
Debuting last October, the show’s premiere drew a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.82 million viewers. That was a mediocre start at best and then, the ratings saw a significant drop in week two. The numbers have continued to fall over the course of the season.
It quickly became clear that Once Upon a Time in Wonderland wouldn’t be seeing a second season. Though it’s obvious to most everyone when a show with very bad ratings is going to be cancelled, the network’s rarely admit it.
Earlier this month, ABC released a press release describing next week’s installment of Wonderland as the “season finale.” Last night, the episode preview called it a “series finale,” an acknowledgement by ABC that there won’t be a second season.
Hopefully, the cast and creators could see how things were going and were able to craft a satisfactory ending to the show. Providing closure was certainly the Wonderland producers’ intention.
Before the show premiered, co-creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz said, “However many episodes we wind up doing this season, what we’re planning to do is tell a kind of complete tale with a beginning, middle and end… If it does well, if people like it, hopefully we’ll come back and tell another adventure with this cast.” Sadly for fans, that’s not to be.
What do you think? Are you sorry that there won’t be a second season of Wonderland? Why do you think it didn’t catch on?