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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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Dean Masters April 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Do not CANCEL another Great Show. If this type of thing continues, especially when one gets involved with one’s time to Watch or DVR it. Seriously considering on removing ABC from my favorites list & boycott your channel.
Disgruntled Viewer,……..


Carmela April 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Please don’t cancel Red Widow. We love, love, love it. Does ratings not count when you record it? We have to wake up very early but DVR it on two Tv’s to be sure not to miss it.


Jill and Shawn April 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Don’t cancel another great show plz! We already lost too many!


Anonymous April 21, 2013 at 7:18 pm

It is a really good show! They already canceled 666 and then mob doctor (which was a great show!) Me and my boyfriend are sick of good shows being canceled right when we are getting into them! So please don’t cancel another good show give it a chance


Char rkrachey April 21, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Keep the show!


Anonymous April 21, 2013 at 7:07 pm

This show is really great! Why cancel good shows?


Shanna April 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Love the show, a strong woman taking care if business!!


Ken Dea April 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm

This is a good show with interesting twists in story line and diverse characters who bring depth to the storyline. I would like to see it get more of a chance to gain a foothold.


marie April 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm

The networks start out with great shows but don’t give them a chance to work before they cancel them. Last year the show “Pan Am” was very highly rated and was named one of the Ten Bests Show to Watch by AARP Magazine…..but ABC cancelled it before it really ever got going.

Please give “Red Widow” a chance and when you do put a show like this on the air, let it run weekly. Fans get frustrated when they tune in to watch and it is suddenly on hiatus….


Sherri April 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I love the show, please don’t take it off


Nerissa Brown April 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Red Widow is awesome! Try another time slot before canceling. The chemistry between the two leading stars is magnetic! I could go on and on…they remind me of a mature Anastasia and Christian Grey! I look forward to next season in its new time slot!


Anonymous April 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm

plz renew red widow for a second season i m really lookink forward to it .plz don’t cancel it .i love this show .its interesting and has a good story.plz don’t cancel it,plz plz plz plz


Ed Rosario April 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I like the program and it deserves a better time slot.


Monnet April 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

PLEASE KEEP IT!!! I absolutely LOVE this show!!! If anything you should just change the day and time it airs.


Barbara Raymer April 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Keep the show. The fifth episode was great. At least show us the last three episodes.


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