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 The freshman drama has been replaced by an ABC special with a similar name — Revenge for Real.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. joyce McQueen says

    I LOVE this show, of course they will cancel it. Tv isnot about pleasing the viewer, it’s money!!! What I do is DO NOT BUY products that let that show go!!!I HATE reality, Ishut out reality with good books/ tv is over forme, I’m to old

  2. novaskeis says

    I do hope it is brought back. The story line is awesome, the charactors exceptionally intriging and I love Emily – Amanda. I want to see if the bad people get punished. I’ve been waiting all summer for it to return.

  3. Celes says

    Please bring it back. I’m so tired of reality shows. I want to see something different. If I want to see a reality show I would like at my home life. Now that is reality.

  4. mags says

    I love this show it is aired in u.k on a monday night and I cant wait till the next episode..This is the best thing on t.v beats all the reality **** any day

  5. Dee says

    I love this show the writers are awesome, it is a good plot and all the actors and actresses play their part to the highest. Plese don,t cancell it! We’re waiting to see the next episodes cause it is fresh. Too many reality shows fiction is better!

  6. says

    I was very disappointed about Revenge coming to an end. I looked forward to Wednesday nights and was confussed aboout the re-runs being played over & over.
    Maybe that’s what caused the rating to decline, I expected a new expsode and a re-run was played. It would be nice if at the end of the programing you’d advice what’s happening with the next episode. I sure hope you reconsider the Revenge Series, I thought the program was one of the best on television.

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