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Pan Am: (Finally) Cancelled; No Season Two

cancelled Pan Am by ABCLike the airline that inspired the TV show, Pan Am has been grounded. ABC has cancelled the drama after one season of 14 episodes.

Taking place in the 1960s, Pan Am tells the tale of a group of men and women who work for the Pan Am airline. The large cast includes Christina Ricci, Mike Vogel, Michael Mosley, Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie, and Karine Vanasse.

The drama debuted last September to a solid 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 11.06 million total viewers. It was second in its timeslot but there was no shame in being beaten by football on NBC.

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In week two, Pan Am dropped a reasonable 16% but then dropped a whopping 27% in week three. Over the course of the season, the ratings dwindled down further. Pan Am ended up averaging a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.39 million viewers but the last few episodes were in the 1.2 demo range.

On our ABC Ratings Report Card, which measures the relative success of shows’s demo numbers on the network, Pan Am has a “D+” grade and is one of the worst-rated shows of the season.

There were rumors that the show was being cancelled but they were denied, despite the poor ratings. ABC ordered one additional episode that could have been used to wrap everything up but, for whatever reason, that didn’t happen.

Now, ABC has made it official; Pan Am has been cancelled. The last episode aired on February 19th and unfortunately left some storylines unresolved.

What do you think? Are you surprised that Pan Am has been cancelled? Were you hoping that there would be a second season? Where did the show go wrong?

 

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Kiki Kat May 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Really miss Pan Am!!! Great cast of characters and interesting story lines. Knew it wouldn’t last, though . . . the good shows don’t . . . only the idiotic trash comes back season after season!

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SHANNON May 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

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SHANNON May 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

OMG,

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Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

OMG, I AGREE I HATE THE STUPID WAY THAT TV IS SET UP NOW. TODAYS TV CONSIST OF DUMB REALITY SHOWS. ONE OF THE OTHER VIEWERS SAID IT BEST. IF I WANT REALITY ID LOOK OUT THE WINDOW. I SEE ENOUGH OF SILLINESS THROUGHOUT THE DAY. I WANT THE FAIRY TALE, THE HAPPEN ENDING. I WANT A SHOW THAT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD ONCE IM DONE WATCHIG IT, NOT CONFUSED LIKE THE DISTASTFUL REALITY SHOWS. PLEASE BRING BACK OLD FASHION GOOD TV SITCOMS. I HAVE NEVER WATCHED ANY OF THOSE REALITY SHOWS. I CANT BELIEVE THE STUFF THEY HAVE ON TV NOW, AND THEY WONDER WHY OUR CHILDREN ARE THE WAY THEY ARE, AND THIS WORLD. I LOVED PANAM IT WAS INDEED CLASSY, I REALLY HOPE YOU BRING IT BACK.

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Sarah May 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

:( Very disapointed…
All the other shows are the same… About a hospital, a court or full of dead people!!!
And reality is ridiculous anyway… to much of it already!
This was a great show and I don’t understand why it had to be cancelled.

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Jennifer Newberry May 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I was very upset that Pan AM was cancelled. The reality show craze is for idiots. It was the only ABC show I watch, they completely lost me as a viewer. Pan AM had great characters and wonderful history. ABC is sorely remiss in cancelling a great show.

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Julia May 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I’m very disappointed that most of the dramas that I like are being cancelled yet reality television is still going strong. I watch TV to escape… if I wanted reality I’d look out the window.

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Ashley May 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I am really really upset this show is cancelled. I can see a lot of people agree that the intelligence and CLASS of this show against GCB and the B in Apartment 23 was what was appealing. Unfortunately not enough to let people get really intrigued. I feel bad for the talented actors, writers, directors, and countless number of crew members that put on such a beautiful accomplishment.

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Sierra May 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Im 15 years old, and so sick and tired of all the crap tv there is for me to watch. I really enjoyed watching pan am, but once again a good show gets cancelled. Pan am was classy and sent a good message. But yet they keep jersey shore on!!!

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Amy May 15, 2012 at 8:35 am

Just like the rest, I really liked the show. It was difficult to catch when the times changed, so I recorded it and looked forward to watching on my next day off. I’m so tired of reality tv, a sitcom was good.

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ricky May 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

that sucks this show was good but also to it was the channels fault for splitting up episodes and having a new one 2-3 weeks later thats why viewers lost interests

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James May 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I am very sad to see Pan Am canceled. I really like that show!!

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jim May 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm

wrong time slot . too late on wrong nite. against Miami csi. IT was over before it started.too bad it was a great show.

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Bill Altaffer May 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

Iam very disappointed that the show has ended. It was a lot of fun and had excellent 60s retro appeal. It is a studio mistake.

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Kevin Hughes May 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm

It was a very good show, but unfortunately the show made too much sense for the morons at ABC who are intent, like the other broadcast networks, on dumbing-down America with mindless ‘reality shows’ like ‘The Great Race’ and ‘Survivor.’ God forbid that a show tries to teach anybody history or past politics. The show had class. It was well-written, the concept was one of the best to come on the scene in decades, and the cast was excellent. Who was the narrow-minded, shallow idiot who made the decision to cancel it?

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Tami May 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I agree with you. Why should we have quality television when we can watch people ripping each other apart to win a scripted “reality” show.

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reader May 14, 2012 at 6:06 am

As much as I love Pan Am, I can’t fault ABC. They gave the show 6 months to convert the dreadful Nielsen family viewers. NBC only gave the Playboy Club 3 episodes ( really 2, as there was no trailer for a 4th ep at the 3d episode’s end. ) The 18 – 35 Nielsen demographics hate historical dramas. Why ? I don’t know. But since the days of the Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman ( Jane Seymour ) show, the broadcast networks haven’t been successful in selling history to American 18 – 35 ers. It’s a hit elsewhere. Blame Nielsen !

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Kat May 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I agree wholeheartedly!!!!! I normally don’t watch network TV because it is so dumbed-down. This was the first show that really appealed to me. There are way tooooo much stupid innane comedies and reality shows out there. PLEASE bring back some inteligent tastful programing. Don’t cancel PanAm, BRING IT BACK!

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