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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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KRISTIN April 18, 2014 at 11:46 am

OK!SO,NOW I KNOW THEY ACTUALLY MAKE A WEBSITE FOR PEOPLE TO VOICE THEIR OPIONS ABOUT TV SERIES GETTING CANCELLED! THAT’S AWESOME! LET ME TELL YOU…I’M SUCH A BUSY PERSON, BOTH MY MOTHER AND I.BUT, WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO THE END OF THE DAY,AND ITS TIME TO UNWIND FROM THE DAY,AND GET DOWN TO BUSINESS WATCHING OUR FAVORITE DRAMA “WHO DONE IT?” ON THE TV……THEN WE ONLY WATCH THE VERY BEST!!!I HAVE ALWAYS CALLED MYSELF “SISKEL&EBERT”.IM VERSITILE,AND KNOW WHATS GOOD!IM 32&MY MOTHER IS 52. WE KNOW WHATS HOT! AND, GETTING RID OF “RED WIDOW” & “DECEPTION” WAS THE DUMBEST THING ABC COULD OF DONE. OUT OF ALL THE SHOWS THEY KEPT INSTEAD. THEY REALLY NEED GET SOME FRESH EYES&TALENT. MY MOTHER&I ARE HAVE BEEN BITCHIN’ FOR MONTHES AND MONTHES. AS YOU CAN SEE I’M STILL RAMBLING. THANKS FOR LISTENING.

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clifford January 30, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Keep the show. It is a good show….but I know ABC doesn’t care what viewers really think so this will go unoticed.

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Marilyn September 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm

I’m so very dissappointed that Red Widow was canceled!
Not sure how ABC get’s it’s number’s…………..I know these were VERY WRONG!!!
GREAT SHOW!!!!!

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T September 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm

and this is why people are turning to net flix shows like Red Widow, The Secret circle are being cancelled for what reason there is nothing left to watch anymore and like the previous comment shows like Castle are staying on the Air

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Sylgab September 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I really looked forward to a new season.
What a disappointment.

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Leah September 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm

We all love Red Widow and Golden Boy. We get interested ad involved in the story arcs. then….. the networks cancel these shows. Leave the fans guessing and wanting more. So why even bother to watch at all. If its not a reality show we can count on giving it little chance , switching the night around to be sure we can never fins it ……..and then poof. Gone. The least they can do is END the hsow so we know what happens. What a disappointment.

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Shar September 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm

What a shame. I really looked forward to a new season.
Why not move to another night?
Sunday night football is too big a draw for one thing.
Revenge and Red Widow are two of my favorites.
And they’re keeping Castle; REALLY????

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Donna September 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Red widow was one of the best new shows to air this year. The casting was terrific. This drama was not given a chance to to catch an audience. The time slot it was placed in was horrible. Please give it a second chance!!!

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Janice Doan August 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Red Widow was a great show and it never got a change and to top it off you left us with a cliff hanger shame on you ABC. You should have renew for one more season to see if the ratings went up.

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Trish August 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Why cancel this show? The show offered excitement and a look at a family situation that is so unique. Sad choice. It’s why I seldom watch ABC.

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Paula August 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Red Widow was my favorite show last season!!!!! The story lone was different and keep my interest every week. I couldn’t wait until Sunday to watch the next episode. Please at least give the show a chance!!!! I was hooked on the show and now I am totally disappointed!!!!!

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