Revenge: What Happened? Has the ABC Series Been Cancelled?

Revenge canceled?This evening, fans of ABC’s Revenge may be in for a surprise. The freshman drama has been replaced by an ABC special with a similar name — Revenge for Real. That’s no doubt the network’s attempt to attract regular viewers to watch a news special. So, has the real Revenge been cancelled? When will it be back?

For those who aren’t familiar with the TV series, Revenge revolves around Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp), a young woman who comes to the Hamptons with a secret agenda; to exact vengeance on the wealthy people who ruined her family’s life and reputation. The drama also features the talents of Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny, Joshua Bowman, Madeleine Stowe, and Nick Wechsler.

Revenge debuted to a healthy 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.0 million total viewers. Week two saw the all-important demo fall 18% and week three dropped another 11%. Over the next several weeks, the ratings rose and fell, dropping as low as a 2.1 demo rating.

The way things were going, it looked like Revenge might be heading for the cancellation pile — like so many failed ABC dramas that had come before it — but the numbers evened off and the show’s been averaging a healthy 2.5 in the demo in 2012. While the show isn’t a big ratings hit, it certainly isn’t a flop either. Revenge’s demo average is actually stronger than that of aging shows like Castle and Private Practice.

Unfortunately, ABC has now put the series on hiatus for four weeks — a bit of a scheduling gamble that could seriously hurt viewership.

ABC News’ Revenge for Real will take over for two weeks and then repeats of a new Thursday night drama, Missing, will fill the slot for two weeks after that. Revenge isn’t slated to return until April 4th. It’s unclear if that night will feature a repeat or one of the six remaining originals.

The way things stand right now, it looks like a sure bet that Revenge will be renewed for a second season. Hopefully, enough viewers will return to watch the show after the hiatus so the ratings don’t drop and put the series’ future in jeopardy.

UPDATE: Revenge will now return on April 11th with a recap show. An original regular episode will air on April 18th and the finale will run on May 23rd.

What do you think? Will this hiatus cause the ratings to drop or do you think Revenge is assured of a season two renewal?

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  1. Jolie says

    Love this show…..it’s my favorite! I too am tired of always watching cop shows and NCIS and Law and Order (like them too) but this show is very different from the norm. It’s a refreshing change and keeps you on the edge of your seat all of the time! Please keep it on!!!!

  2. Jill leatherwood says

    Please!!! Allow us to continue knowing these fascinating people. The premise is brilliant and HUMAN! And keep Gabriel on please.

  3. says

    IF REVENGE IS CANCELLED, I WILL CANCEL ALL MY CABLE SHOWS. SO MANY PEOPLE I TALK TO SAY IT IS THE MOST EXCITING SHOW ON TV… REALLY? YOU ARE REALLY THINKING ABOUT CANCELLING IT.. NOTHING COULD POSSIBLY TAKE IT’S PLACE.. THIS IS SO ABSOLUTELY MESSED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Sharon says

    Revenge is an amazing show, it keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. You just never know what is going to happen on this show. The final show was so amazing I hope that this show has another season . To the ones that write this show good job keep doing what your doing.

  5. lilmama8586 says

    Why your canceling the show??? whats wrong with it? its very unique Im getting tired of watching cops show crime show everything is about crime and cops i finally found something have a little bit of everything on it and then u guys wanted to cancel it i really love the show. hope you’ll change your mind and air it again…

  6. Marie Worel says

    I do not watch any of the reality shows. I LOVE REVENGE!! It is SOOO GOOD!! It seems so long to wait another week for another episode. I look forward to every episode and when that episode is over I can hardly wait for the next one. This show is TOPS! Please, please, let it continue.

  7. Joe says

    Please cancel this show. It feels drug out by episode 6. There is no pacing, no sense of a time frame. Overall, some of the worst writing outside of daytime soap operas.

  8. Anne says

    I absolutely love the show Revenge!!!!!!! The whole idea is great. The actors and actresses are awesome. The final show on the 23rd was such a real surprise. I wondered how they would carry the show into another season. I also liked that Emily showed how vulnerable she can be and at the same time know what to do. I really enjoy the show. Please don’t take it off the air. I will be stuck with reality shows. We live in reality . Who needs someone elses. I don’t u dear stand why reality shows are popular but if TV keeps replacing good shows with garbage I won’t be watching much TV. No offence to people that like them.

  9. marla hayden says

    Revenge is very dramatic and entertaining. Cant wait for the next season! surely it will not be cancelled. One of the best shows on TV!

  10. Susan says

    I really like the show Revenge and looked forward to Wednesday evening to watch it. It is suspenseful and keeps my interest. I do not like reality shows. Don’t like to listen to people arguing with each other on them. They seem very fake. Would rather watch an interesting story line on a created program. Don’t leave the fans of the show just hanging on the edge of a cliff. Thank you. Would also like to see the show Missing come back. That is another one that has left fans hanging.

  11. says

    Please bring back revenge..My favorite program and the best. Not much excites me on Tv but this program does. Mistake if u do not continue this great excitement.

  12. Al says

    This is the best show ever and the reason why I watch ABjC. Please bring revenge back! The plot and mystery is awesome. This show has everything and i caannot waitvuntil the nest episode. I do not care to watch a reality show. If cancelled then
    why watch ABC.

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