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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  1. Linda Carpenter says

    Please keep Red Widow. It is getting better and better. –and hasn’t had much of a chance to catch on. Give it a chance and stop with all of the reality shows!!

  2. ted says

    PLEASE!!!! Leave this show on the aiur. Sometimes a bad air time kills a show!
    This show has a great story line and needs to be continued!

  3. Debbie says

    This is a good show I like it. I feel it should come back. But at this point ABC has pulled so many shows so fast you do not have the time to start liking it. I have a pretty busy life so I rely on on demand. I am sure more people are watching and want to watch, but not on the time it is aired.

  4. Robert says

    DO NOT CANCEL: The show is good now but could be even better if the writers consolidate the sub plots and characters. The Red Widow has a refreshing new cast with so much potential. ABC should work with the writers – and not go find some “reality turkey” to take it’s place.

  5. Kansas Gal says

    Please renew Red Widow!! It was slow getting started but now I can’t wait til the week rolls around to watch the next episode. Cast is excellent and the plot is heating up!

  6. Laura says

    I love this show! Please please……. ABC keep Red Widow for another season. Such good chemistry between Marta and Nicholae.

  7. Carole says

    Please…please…please….do not cancel this show…it’s the time slot that is killing it, not the show. The show is a nail bitter from start to finish!! Give it a change in another time slot….!!

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