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Take the Money and Run: ABC Unscripted Series; Cancel or Season Two?

Take the Money and RunThe alphabet network recently debuted a new alternative TV series called Take the Money and Run. Interestingly, it has the same title as a 1969 Woody Allen comedy film. That movie was a hit with critics and viewers. Has the ABC show received a similar reception?

On Take the Money and Run, two participants are given a briefcase filled with $100,000 and one hour to hide it. At the end of that time, the contestants are taken into custody and questioned by a team of investigators. They work with a pair of detectives who are given GPS recordings of the route that the contestants took, as well as their phone records. If the detectives can locate the suitcase within 48 hours, they get to split the money. If not, the contestants keep the prize.

The reality series debuted on August 2nd with a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.28 million viewers. It was third in its timeslot, ranking well behind America’s Got Talent on NBC and FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen.

The second installment kept most of its premiere audience, falling just 5% in the demo. Week three saw the demo rating fall 22% to a 1.4 with 3.63 million viewers. The fourth episode popped back up 14% and last night’s fell back down again. The first season has averaged a 1.6 rating and 4.34 million viewers.

Take the Money and Run’s freshman run concludes next week and it doesn’t seem likely that ABC will renew it for a second season. ABC has been running eight different “alternative” series this summer and this one ranks sixth, beating only Expedition: Impossible and Friday night’s Karaoke Battle USA. Still, it is relatively inexpensive to produce so you never know. After all, this reality show is easily beating Rookie Blue and Combat Hospital.

What do you think? Is Take the Money and Run worth watching? Should it be renewed for a second season or just cancelled?

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dylan June 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm

best show ever watche every episode and was so compelled you would be dumb not to bring it back we love it and you do to we all feel this way do it for us and yourselves!


dian June 17, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Bring back take the money and run!


Amanda June 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Take the money and Run was a great show! Please bring it back for another season!


Anonymous June 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Please bring back Take the money and Run that was a awsome show


Anonymous June 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm

please being it back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


Greg May 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Take the Money and Run was by far one of my favorite shows on television. I don’t even watch tv much, but I always enjoyed watching it with my family. It was exciting, fun, and was the basis of many conversations with family and friends. Taking it of the air after only one season was a mistake, honestly. It got great reviews, and even though it did not have as many viewers as other shows, does not mean it was a waste of time and money. The only reason it did not meet expectations was because not that many people knew about it. Whenever I ask friends about it they tell me they never heard of it, but that it “definitely sounds like a show [they] could get into.” ABC you need to bring the show back. It was unlike any other show on the air and it was fun to discuss with family where we would hide it. ~Greg


Anonymous May 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm



Anonymous May 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Only reality show I have ever watched for real and I loved it. Please bring it back


bob y. May 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm



bob y. May 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

bring it back


Our family April 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

You have to bring this back. Too much garbage on tv these days. This is a good fun family show!! Please keep it, bring it back!!


andy March 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

stop cancelling good shows. you and the other 2 networks have cancelled to many great shows it needs to stop.


Sheila Gustaveson March 5, 2012 at 8:50 am

i say bring it back, it was fun


Bob February 22, 2012 at 2:34 am

Goddammit! Bring this mutha back on da air, yo!


Brooke February 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Oh wow! You have to bring it back!! That show was the biggest breath of fresh “FUN” air to hit the networks!! Pleaseeeeeeeeeeee!! Bring it back!!!!


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