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Red Widow: New ABC TV Series; Cancel or Keep It?

red widow tv show cancel or keep?ABC hasn’t had much luck Sundays at 10pm. GCB was cancelled last year and 666 Park Avenue was dropped this season. Has the network found a winner in Red Widow or will it be rubbed out as well?

Red Widow revolves around a suburban mom whose husband is killed after he steals from the Russian mob. She finds herself caught between the interests of the mobsters and the FBI. The cast includes Radha Mitchell, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Goss, Sterling Beaumon, Suleka Mathew, Erin Moriarty, Jaime Ray Newman, Jakob Salvati, Lee Tergesen, Wil Traval, Rade Serbedzija, and Goran Visnjic.

The two-hour series premiere on March 3rd drew a 1.5 rating with 7.13 million total viewers. It was a disappointing start to be sure and Red Widow was in fourth place in its 9pm timeslot.

Compared to the debut of GCB one year earlier, the network was down by 32% in the demo and down by 6% in viewership.

In week two, the ratings fell about 25% and registered a 1.1 demo rating and 5.31 million. Last week’s installment dropped again, to a 1.0 rating with 4.36 million.

It’s currently the network’s lowest rated series currently on the schedule. Unless the show’s ratings quickly rise, Red Widow is surely doomed and won’t see a second season.

On the positive side, ABC will surely let all eight episodes air. The last episode of the season (and likely the series) is scheduled to air on May 5th. Hopefully the finale will give viewers some sense of closure.

But what do you think? Should ABC cancel Red Widow or renew it for a second season instead? Why do you think it hasn’t caught on? Is Red Widow a better show than the ratings seem to indicate?

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Donna J. Hess March 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

It’s a keeper!! I am also officially in love with the show!!


elsa March 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I hope they don’t cancel the show, i love watching the whole Russian Mob and Gypsy Mob with a taste of Bodyguards like Luke Goss!!!!!!!! Love the series!


Karen Knowels March 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm

If ABC does decide to cancel the show this season, I hope we at least get to find out who actually killed her husband! Inquiring minds want to know! The time slot is a hard one to fill, but I hope ABC sticks with this night-time soap.


Jason March 25, 2013 at 11:53 am

Red Widow’s first 2 episodes had too much going on, like a long pilot trying to set up the series. Now the show has started. The last 2 episodes were brilliant and I think ABC will see its potential to be a top drama series and renew. The 2 hour premiere was shaky but now it’s up to ABC to continue promoting the show.


Laura March 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

Terrible show…….pleeeeeze cancel it!


Flo March 25, 2013 at 9:38 am

Like the show, please keep it, give it a second chance.


Dina March 25, 2013 at 7:49 am

I hope they won’t cancel it because i am in love with the series officially , i admit it started slow but it keeps getting better each episode .


Ashley March 25, 2013 at 2:28 am

Keep it. I admit it did have a shaky start, but the past couple of episodes have been fantastic! Tonight’s cliffhanger was so interesting and I will definitely be watching again next week. ABC needs to give shows some time to grow a fan base. Word of mouth is a great publicity tool and Red Widow deserves every bit of it.


Peter March 25, 2013 at 1:38 am

I tend to agree with j. Why don’t you at least try to be objective with your reviews? Slow start, but dripping with potential


j. March 25, 2013 at 1:18 am

The show is a keeper up against a poor time slot up and your article makes it sound like you’re trying to get it cancelled.


suzanne profit March 24, 2013 at 11:52 pm

I think it should end this season with a series finale that brings it to a complete close. We are tired of series that go on and on without end and without newness (like Lost and Walking Dead).


AMY SMITH March 24, 2013 at 11:21 pm

DEFINITELY CANCEL! Just not watching it any more-boring!


ashley March 24, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I love this show! I think more weekly previews need to be aired. Really push the sexual tension between the two main characters. I hate that the network is pulling shows so quickly. I think, given the chance, this show could make it another season. Also since revenge is so popular, it may be worthwhile to move that to the 10 spot to allow for another new show to actually get a audience who will want to make it a priority to watch it in order to get to revenge at 10 pm. After all most viewers are going to bed by 10 for work on Monday.

If the show is given a chance, I see it lasting. Let the word spread via social media.


Becki March 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

This show DID start slowly and was a bit hokey. BUT the last few weeks it had been really good. Please don’t cancel this great and different show! I love it!


Liz March 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm

It’s a good show! Give it a second season please!


Laura March 24, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Red Widow is a gr8 show. ABC shouldn’t cancel but they will no matter what the ratings are. People are tired of ABC cancelling every good series (i.e. Last Resort) and most people are boycotting ABC. Red Widow is a gr8 show but they will cancel just like they always do.


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