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The Cape: New NBC Action Series; Cancel or Keep It?

The CapeEarlier this month, the peacock network debuted The Cape, a new superhero action TV show. Interestingly, they’ve put it in one of Heroes’ old timeslots. Will The Cape last as long as the Tim Kring series or will it be quickly cancelled instead?

The Cape stars David Lyons as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force. He finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. Vince is then forced into hiding, leaving his wife Dana (Jennifer Ferrin) and son Trip (Ryan Wynott) behind. Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken their home city, Vince becomes “The Cape” — a vigilante and his son’s favorite comic book superhero. Others in the cast include James Frain, Keith David, Summer Glau, Dorian Missick, Martin Klebba, and Vinnie Jones.

The TV series debuted on Sunday, January 9th, with a special two-hour event. It attracted a decent 2.6 in the 18-49 demographic and 8.45 million total viewers. NBC reran the pair of episodes the following night. The next Monday, The Cape dropped a staggering 30% in the demo to a 1.8 rating and 6.22 million. Last night, the ratings fell another 11% to a 1.6 demo rating and 5.84 million viewers.

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Currently, The Cape ranks as the 10th most watched scripted series on the network, tied with Community. It ranks as high as it does because of the premiere’s ratings and because NBC’s schedule as a whole isn’t doing all that well. For a series that’s been on the air for just three weeks, The Cape is already not in good shape. If the ratings continue to decline, it’s almost certain to be cancelled.

TV show supportThe network ordered 13 episodes but, for now, only eight of them are scheduled. Another struggling series, The Event, is scheduled to take back the timeslot on February 28th. If The Cape’s ratings continue to sink, one has to wonder if NBC will even bother to schedule the remaining five installments.

But, what do you think? Do you like The Cape? Do you think NBC should keep running it or just cancel it now?

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brittany September 7, 2012 at 1:50 am



todd October 11, 2011 at 10:44 am

i really hope we get to see another season at least one more where they can wrap everything up the way it should be


william McBride October 7, 2011 at 5:15 am

We need to send “Scales” and his boys to the Producers and talk a little sense into them. its a great show.


david June 30, 2011 at 3:49 am

Summer Glau was underused in The Cape.
I hope she finds a show that will last longer and better written.


maria estes May 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm

We all like The Cape. We’ve been watching it with our kids. We would really hate to see it go

Also, I enjoy watching The Event.

Please stop starting a show and then just cancel leaving the viewers wondering about the story.


Josh April 1, 2011 at 3:47 am

USA Today is doing a survey on which shows should be saved or cancelled. One of their questions was about which cancelled show you want back most. Tha Cape is an option. Go show your support and say what you feel!


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