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. Kate says

    This show has so much potential. I think that the writers just made it too busy. They need to focus on the relationship that is building between Schiller and Marta and how it effects her family. They need to ditch the outer characters. Marta’s siblings are beyond annoying and appear stupid. Schiller is amazing and his character is so deep and his control of Marta and molding of her into a part of his organization is really good. Please give this show a chance and another season!

  2. steppx says

    when will they learn some shows take time to build an audience. Its a good high quality show….too bad if they dont give it a chance.

  3. Tim Matty says

    ABC will cancel RED WIDOW as they have cancelled other shows such as ZERO HOUR. The network execs at ABC have no clue of a good show when they have one. I am done with ABC.

  4. Clara says

    Please do not cancel this show. It is drama all the way, with a great cast. I hate to get hooked on a show and then boom its cancelled. This is a great show and its getting better.

  5. Let it be says

    ABC should keep Red Widow it’s a great show!! I hate getting involved n these shows and start enjoying them then they get cancelled without giving it time to get established… It’s frustrating!

  6. suzanne says

    red widow is good something you can watch and it not about cop or doctors .i love it and schiller and mater are the draws you in,to see how she willwork it.and him he like her and

    would like tohave her please give it a chance. you gave reveang a chance and it is so good
    it like easten promes with viggo motrson

  7. miapocca says


    Cancelling these shows because the lag behind our channels only puts veiwers off.
    I do not take kindly to starting a show just to have it cancelled . Since ABC is good at cancelling ,I simply avoid thier channel. I stick to the comfort of TNT and old shows that are running in a loop….

  8. A.D. says

    ABC needs to let this show continue and play out to season conclusion. And get some new thinking somewhere! They’re getting killed in this time slot. When a show is doing worse than the one it replaced, there’s gotta be some new ideas. And, please, do NOT put another reality show in its place. These shows are going to be gone within the next 2/3 years. If they do cancel it, they will lose more viewers to Netflix, etc.

  9. Theresa says

    Love the show. I agree it is getting better every week, it deserve a chance because ABC really does cancel a show so fast, its almost like because its not personally like , then the show must not be seen by those that like .

  10. Georgia says

    THIS IS A GREAT SHOW! With each episode the tension mounts. That’s what a drama is supposed to do. Watching one show is NOT the way to judge a show! Can’t understand why it would be cancelled. The how needs a chance and have lots of promotion.

  11. Cait says

    if ABC cancells Red Widow – a chunk of my age group is cancelling ABC. Simply not worth getting involved – cancelation anticipation is killing off your viewers – Netflix, Apple and Amazon is calling– they are the answer to your one season reasoning.

    what another lab where they dissect bodies?
    Red Widow WAS a refreshing change!!!!!!

  12. Rena Moretti says

    They should cancel ALL the new shows from this truly awful, worst ever season (with all due credit to Comic Book Guy)!

  13. says

    ABC is sitting on a gold mine here! They would be crazy to let this one get away. If you put this series on Showtime they could really push the storlines and make it great, so Abc should push the envelope as far as they can! They have great people playing the lead roles, and the chemistry between Marta and Schiller! She needs to be tough as nails and be willing to do whatever it takes to stay alive for her family, and Schiller is dark dangerous and handsome! I am a huge fan of Karen Moning’s Darkfever series and he has alot of “Barrons” qualities. You are intrigued by Schiller and need to see what he’s all about. Defeinitley more to come with those two being the center of the story! Keep this one !!!

  14. Karen says

    I hope ABC doesn’t cancell the show… Unfortunately because of the time slot I can watch it the day of …but I always watch it the following day online…. ABC is beginning to upset me… They hook me on a show and then they cancell it!

  15. Why Watch says

    I just cannot bring myself to watch this show anymore, I don’t think it’s very good. But at least let the show come to a natural conclusion at the end of its run this season. Not allowing a show to do that does injustice to those who do like the show. If networks did this more often, perhaps more people would watch knowing that even if a show was canceled there’d be some resolution to the time they put into it.

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