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 The freshman drama has been replaced by an ABC special with a similar name — Revenge for Real.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

    Everyone I talk to hates the way shows are yanked on and off and a lot of reality garbage is thrown in our face People really look forward to their favorite shows …some good …some not so good . The point is BE CONSISTANT. Shows are on for a month then their gone for a month or two WE HATE that…. and don’t like the replacements If a show is doing really bad and the ratings are bad OK ….but quit ******** with the good shows WE feel like puppets…and are feeling really resentful!

  2. donna says

    bring back my show!!! Best show ever on tv!!!! I hate how they keep it off the air for weeks and are now adding nonsense that has nothing to do with the original plot! Bring Emily back!

  3. Bonnie Pooler says

    I hope that Revenge comes back on air. The only problem I see with the show is the time slot, it comes on a little late. I love this show!
    Thank you

  4. Karen says

    my very favorite show of all times! So sad when no longer on, please return it to ABC. Other new shows can’t compare!

  5. gav says

    Cant wait till they cancel this rubbish the ads for this are so inbarrasingly cliche good luck to all acters not getting any work anywere else !!!

  6. Jan says

    Please don’t cancel revenge. My husband and I Dr it and Monday night we come straight in from work change clothes, get a simple supper ready and get settled in for our favorite show. Love it love it.

  7. laurene ford says

    what is wrong with programming. this show had us hooked from the beginning. hasnt been on when it is they are reruns. why doesnt this network just playout the whole season instead of skipping all these weeks. people will loose interest in a wonderful show and we will be disappointed if it gets cancelled.

  8. palmettogirl39 says

    This is so discouraging! I look forward to watching Revenge each week and lately it has been off more than normal! I thought that after 2 weeks off that it would be back on this week , only to find out something else is in it’s place. With a hiatus like this you forget what has happened so far.

  9. yoho says

    This is wrong info. ABC.com says April 28th is the next new episode. ABC is nuts. They are idiots to destroy good shows with their mismanagement.

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