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. Lexi says

    I love Red Widow!! It follows up perfectly behind Revenge,which is an amazing show. I love the feeling of surprise in that show. Marta and I always thinking we have it all figured out and then something happens to make us realize we don’t have a clue about what is actually going on but she is really mad about it.
    Red Widow can’t end. Schiller just killed Alexandra. There is an opening now for the whole Duchenko family to show up for revenge.
    Schiller let Marta go, but he will come after her again if her daughter does something stupid, like shoot him.
    I don’t want to lose Red Widow. It has all the makings of a great series. I say bring on season 2!

  2. Lia says

    This is the only show I watch Sunday nights. My husband & I love the characters and the passion between characters and family. Please give it another season. The ratings do not speak for how great the show really is.

  3. Patti says

    My family likes it because it doesn’t glorify evil. It shows what it can do. Tears up families and shows the destruction, not to mention not being able to trust anyone.

  4. Patti McCaghren says

    My family likes it because it doesn’t glorify evil. It shows what it can do. Tears up families and shows the destruction, not to mention not being able to trust anyone.

  5. Danny says

    I love Eed Widow, great story line, great characters equals Great Show!! I have got no clue as to why this show isn’t getting the viewership that it deserves! I guess that Americans are too dumbed down to those horrible reality shows! I hope the Red Widow will be back for another season, maybe they should try it on a different day?

  6. Anonymous South Carolina says

    Didn’t care that much for it at first, but really like now. Love watching interaction between Schiller & Marta. Deserves another season–give it a fair chance!!!

  7. Norine says

    I love this show…don’t cancel! Seems there are no good shows on prime time these days. This show is awesome, would hate to see it cancelled after one season.

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