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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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Bgct green April 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Please do not cancel Red Widow, this is a great series and gets better each week. I feel confident that the audience will become more exposed to the series and realize how great it actually is…..

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Crockett April 28, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Please don’t cancel!!! It’s great I can’t stop watching it,
I’ve even got my husband addicted! Maybe different hours
Or a different day but I have told everyone I know how great this show is

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Abby April 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Keep Red Widow, it is a great new show! Finally, something a little different with a good female lead and it is going to get cancelled? My husband an I look forward to watching each week, please keep airing Red Widow.

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Anonymous April 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm

It’s great, probably doesn’t catch on because ABC is the WORST for re-runs and no show weeks. NASHVILLE is great also, shame they’re on ABC.

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Connie April 27, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Please keep red widow it is a great show

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Jean April 27, 2013 at 2:01 am

Keep Red Widow!! I love that show!!

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Amy Hurff April 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm

My family is really enjoying Red Widow. There are many dynamics going on. It is very suspenseful and we want more ! A lot of our friends are now watching on demand and we are waiting for the next episodes. Please keep the show going.

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Colorado viewer April 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Please keep the show, I love the plot.

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Stacee April 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Please keep Red Widow! It’s a great show.

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Stacee April 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm

KEEP! This is a GREAT show!

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Gina April 25, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Keep! Almost everyone I talked to that has had the opportunity to watch this loves it!. I don’t watch it live becuase when it airs but I do DVR it and watch it at a reasonable time.

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Laurie April 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I absolutely love this show! I love all the characters, what goes on on the show, etc. I think it is just great I would love to see it continue.

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linda colstock April 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

i think red widow should be cancel it it not fit for family tv i would love scandol to more black people guess star on scandol i will be watching

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Laura hart April 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Please keep it! Good show!

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Laurie April 24, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Please keep Red Widow…I can’t stand reality tv and this show actually has a great cast. Just give it another season.

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