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. Steph says

    OMG! I love this show! ABC better not cancel it…or ABC will stand for Another Boring Channel! Why not give it a chance and promote the hell out of it? It’s surely got to be doing ok with the women.

  2. Lexie says

    This is a great show. It keeps me glued & I wish there was another show right after. But I have to wait a week! Please keep this show!

  3. J Barr says

    I LOVE this show. This is a winner. I am spreading the word. Goran Visnijic and Radha Mitchell are very good actors.

  4. randy bernard says

    Please give the show a chance. I think its really good. Its just that there are so many
    good shows on Sunday. Its a hard night. Most of the time I am recording!!!

  5. Anthony says

    The rating for Red Widow went up this week. When a show is good word gets around and my guess is ABC will renew – maybe even for more episodes. It’s the best new show they have and the deeper they get into the story the better it gets. And most importantly, people like it.

  6. Lovetheshow says

    I love this show. The last episode was excellent and both those woman are HOT (Marta and her sister)

  7. Julienne says

    I really enjoy this show – more coherent and character driven than so many others. 666 was too convoluted and weird – and lost me after 2 shows. But Red Widow deserves to stay. On Sunday nights I watch the shows which don’t repeat, and record Red Widow to watch later. I love the idea of a fairly regular woman gutsing things out fairly intelligently on this show- on the surface a “normal” family, with a resplendent dark background. The way these two aspects intertwine is very psychologically astute and well written.

    • L.L. says

      @ Julienne 666 Park Avenue MADE sense and had mystery and intrigue like the TV show Scandal. It was a GREAt show. Red Widow actually slow and dragging in the storyline. It lostme after the first 30 minutes!

  8. Laurie m says

    Keep this show. Give it another season. I swear so many jump to the lets cancel a show just because well not bringing in enough money. Give it another season advertise the show and I tell you it’s become my Sunday night soap. I love it and just know Marta will be getting to know Mr.Schiller a lot more. We housewives would.

  9. Sid says

    This show is amazing. I’ll admit that at first it was a little slow, but that’s ok because it has gotten sooooooo good! If ABC cancels this show I will be very cross. Seriously, I don’t think they’d be able to sense a good show if it came up and punched them in the face. Now they’re already thinking about canceling it? Dumb ABC!

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