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. Wood,Rita says

    Red widow is a very intriguing show . Great actors, great story line, and the chemistry between marta and Schiller is great . I hope the show will not be canceled. Just give
    A chance . It is much better than body of proof and it was given a second chance.
    Keep the show.

  2. Viewer says

    I have watched all the episodes and love it. I don’t care about the criticisms . . .it’s still much better than most shows on tv.

  3. Kat says

    The show has gotten a lot better with every episode. I think they need a season 2 to focus on the relationship between Marta and Schiller.

  4. Cheryl Stickney says

    Red Widow is getting better each week. The reason It’s ratings are low is because u are only showing 8 eps & u have it on during the NBA playoffs with weeks off in between shows. Hard to get interested in a show ur not sure when it’s coming on. Love this show.

  5. Anonymous says

    Red widow is a great show. Don’t end it when so many people love it and are excited for what’s to come… We want more, we want more, we want more!!

  6. Leann Vincent says

    I think they should give the show one more shot. Eight epsoides isn’t even to make or break a season.

  7. Doreenwarn. says

    Please do not cancel this show. The story line is really great and all the actors are very good. If you could fine an earlier time slot I believe it would help the ratings. Please do not cancel!!

  8. Kim says

    Please keep the show!! I’ve been watching Red Widow from day one and have loved it. Keeps me wanting more. DON’T CANCEL RED WIDOW!!

  9. says

    Please continue the Red Widow series! ‘The fine actors are doing a great job playing out the story line, with tremendous potential for future situations.
    Thank you very much,
    Jewel Clark

  10. barbara Henley says

    I think you should keep the show because i’m a huge fan, and i believe ratings will pick up !

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