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. Cindy says

    YES…. definitely we want to KEEP Red Widow.
    Instead of canceling …… why don’t your station directors use a different time slot, because you’re fighting …… other ongoing good programs.
    You can’t watch three good programs at one time.
    -OR- or why don’t you alternate every second week the good programs in earlier time.
    it’s finally heating up and he could go places, think you just need to rearrange your scheduling.
    We also taped it onto DVR because we just don’t want to miss the show, it’s great!

    It seems that you canceled a lot of other good shows because of the time slot I think that you should do something changed to the time slot.
    Like “666”

  2. Vicki says

    Please keep the show. I have only seen a few shows that have been aired and they are very good. Good to see something on the TV different for a change. When will be see another NEW episode? This show needs to be given a chance.

  3. Ana Lucia Novak says

    I think it is clever to air Red Widow right after Revenge. Although 10pm in Sunday night is a challenge for those who have to work on Monday, we use our DVR to record all sessions. My question is, can you measure DVR recordings and HuluPlus viewings? I hope Red Widow survives. I love seeing a show that is being filmed in my favorite city (my backyard) and I love the story line.

  4. Dianne says

    I like the show. Keepit going. Found it hard to watch due to family obligations that have kept me traveling, so I watch on “On Demand”. Maybe change the time to 9pm Sunday is better. Need to know if lying brother and Mike get their “just nuts”.

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