If you’ve been following the ratings, you know that neither Cupid nor The Unusuals have been faring very well in the ratings. Tonight, ABC is trying to save one of them by sacrificing the other.
The new version of Cupid that stars Bobby Cannavale, Sarah Paulson, Rick Gomez, and Camille Guaty hasn’t been faring very well. The series’ premiere was a disappointment with 7.56 million viewers and a 2.3/6 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic.
Despite following the ratings powerhouse Dancing with the Stars, Cupid dropped to 6.22 million and a 1.7/5 in week two. In total viewers, that’s a loss of 57% of its lead-in audience. Week three’s numbers were a little better, but not by much. The reviews have been mixed at best and in some ways, it seemed like the alphabet network essentially gave up on the remake before it even aired.
The Unusuals hasn’t been having an easy time either. It debuted to 6.84 million viewers and a 2.2/6 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. The following week, viewership dropped 12 %, to 6.01 million and a 1.8/5 rating/share. That’s just slightly better than previous timeslot occupant Life on Mars, which was cancelled.
The network seems to have a bit more faith in The Unusuals and are willing to sacrifice Cupid’s momentum to try to save the oddball cop show. They’ve taken the romantic-comedy series off the air for a week and have replaced it with an original episode of The Unusuals. The cop drama will air again on Wednesday it its regular post-Lost timeslot as well. Cupid is scheduled to return next Tuesday at 10pm.
With this shift in Cupid’s schedule, there are four produced episodes left to air but ABC’s only got three of them on the schedule. Will ABC make room to show the seventh (and likely final) episode of Cupid or will it be left collecting dust on the shelf?
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait to find out.
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