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. Bobbyd says

    Started strong ..fine charaterizations, good stories. Quickly evolved into a bitchy whiney soap opera! Get some new writers!

  2. Scott says

    Red Widow is a WINNER!!! I don’t understand the lack of ratings other than possibly the time and day on which it airs. I think a 9pm airtime on a Tuesday or Thursday would help it, but the action and drama are definitely worthy of higher ratings! The occasional
    “flesh tease” doesn’t hurt and is tastefully done without exploiting the sexuality of the main character.

    It’s filled with suspense, surprises and intrigue. The break in the action does not help! I have been looking forward to another episode since 3/31 and it’s killing me to know if Schiller is going down, or, if Evan’s killer may be caught, etc.- Let’s get the show back on the air!! The suspense is killing me! Love this show!!

    • Ana Lucia Novak says

      I couldn’t have said it better and I hope she finds out it was her loser brother that stile the dope and $$$ and basically got her husband killed.

  3. allyson says

    I really like the show! It’s wonderful I tape it and then watch a few back to back because I don’t want it to end. Please keep it!

  4. ashlee says

    please renew the show! I’m obsessed!!! Also, does anyone know when the next new episode will air? i just realized tonight’s episode is another repeat…so depressed!

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