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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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Maggs W. June 13, 2013 at 10:07 am

Just on episode 3 and can’t wait to see the rest of the series here in Africa. We are also see bucket loads of American/British reality tv shows which are becoming boring. Red Widow is the most exciting thing since 24. Please please continue the series. You’ve gone too far just to drop it.

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Jane Anderson June 9, 2013 at 1:56 am

please do not cancel the show I have enjoyed the characters and look forward to each show.

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anonymous June 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Please renew!!!! You didn’t give it a chance. This show was different! The story line and characters are the best I’ve seen in a while!!!!!!

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N.M. Altman June 4, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Please reconsider if the rumor of Red Widow’s cancellation is true!! There are so many reality shows that demean the American Culture, singing and dancing programs that are only about “self promotion of hosts and judges” and senseless, mindless, stupid comedy that truly do numb the minds of TV watchers. Red Widow keeps the mind asking what is going to happen next, edge of the seat action at times, and great acting and chemistry between the cast members. You will really miss the boat if you don’t give it another few seasons. I question the polling in this era of “do not call” phone number, families that do not have anything but cell phone service and are not in phone books to robo call. These things I believe are working against the pollsters’ accuracy.

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Wanda June 2, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Please keep the show going…..it was the only show that I looked forward to every Sunday. It was amazing…please keep it!!

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M June 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

Show was awesome! Please bring back!

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Anonymous May 27, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Wtf seriously shows f-ing awesome

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mom May 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm

NO No NO dont cancel it. We loved this show. I think that it was just in a bad time slot. Please bring it back!!!

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Sherry May 23, 2013 at 11:49 am

NO……………NOT Red Widow………..!!!!!
Keep it!
It was a weekly anticipation as to what was going to happen.
Schiller exudes so much sexy………and in time I think Marta would see that too.
Bring Red Widow back!!

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becky n May 23, 2013 at 11:45 am

pooey on ABC for cancelling this show… loved it!!

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Becky N May 23, 2013 at 11:42 am

I was soooo looking forward to the new season! I was pretty sure there would be some great romance between Marta and Schiller! pooooey on ABC

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Sherry May 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

Please…………Please do NOT cancel Red Widow!!! So many of us looked forward to seeing each weeks episode…………….the chemistry between Marta and Schiller was sizzling……..am in hopes those two get together……….Marta would be good for him.
Keep Red Widow!!!!!

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Angela Brannen May 20, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Please return Red Widow. It is a great show, that myself and co-workers would talk about Monday mornings over coffee. We have so much Reality TV. Let’s not forget all the Singing and Dancing Shows. This show was interesting, thrilling, and was about a woman, who wasn’t afraid. Please return it so I will stay up on Sunday nights.

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Kathi Kaiser May 20, 2013 at 9:13 am

Keep Red Widow!!!!! Every bit as good as Revenge, I think probably better. What’s wroing with ABC?

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beverly sewers May 20, 2013 at 2:48 am

I love this show and am so upset that it is not on – I so hope you will bring it back

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