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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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Greg March 31, 2011 at 5:17 am

Whomever set up the airing matched it up againist the bachelor. Plus the time slot was late. The show was interesting, had a good story line that kept things interested. Maybe moving the show to another time/day, they would get more viewers?


CAROL March 28, 2011 at 8:18 am

Please keep the Cape on,its a great Show.Its nice to have a Hero in Times like these.


saelyth March 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm

i just saw 1×10 of the cape… :( no ending, just hanging in the air

I HATE NBC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Elli Fields March 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Please keep the Cape – at least give us an ending, don’t leave us hanging in mid air


J March 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Love Summer Glau, but The Cape is poorly written.


Noone March 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm

This had potential that was never found. The scripting brought goofy characters that were hard to relate to. It was more of an incidental comedy trying to be tough and serious. The acting was alright but the story line, concept, and overall presentation was a bit too much to swallow. Come on, the boy cannot recognize his own father’s voice. A villain named chess who wears the silliest contacts and is so easily recognizable out of his mask. The main character, his two supporting counterparts were the best thing about the show. A cape…they could not come up with a better empowering object or skill set?


Jo-Ann March 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I love the cape. They should keep it. It’s very entertaining.


mandy March 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I love the cape! I really hope they keep it on!


John Umana March 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I was sad last week not to find the Cape on at 9 pm; I hadn’t heard it was canceled. A few of the story lines were not the best, but overall it was an exciting show with fine, interesting acting. The circus actors were great, and the idea of circus magic behind the Cape was intriguing. Ah, the ‘Carnival of Crime’ – when the real crime was in corrupt City Hall. Will miss you guys! I felt safer with the Cape around. Or, maybe this was just another disappearing act in a puff of smoke, and the Cape will be back one day! But where and when? … Only the Cape and Max know for sure.


Anonymous March 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm

screw nbc, instead of sticking to a show and improving on it they just cancel it after we just start to love it. if it weren’t for the cape i really wouldn’t watch anything from this channel.


Don March 11, 2011 at 6:38 am

The Cape is good with the capability of being way better. Should take smallvilles time slot when smallvilles goes off the air.


Katrina March 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm

It’s a great show! Really want to see an ending for it, so please don’t just cut it off without a proper ending like so many other shows that just disappear: i.e. Happy town, the whole truth….


Linda March 10, 2011 at 12:37 am

Love it!! Please keep it!!!


Angel Naomi March 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I love The Cape! I think they should definitely keep it. It has such a good storyline with such great actors. I was shocked that it’s not doing as well as they had hoped!


Debbie March 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Please keep THE CAPE on. It’s a great series…yes, it’s a comic strip show, but it’s a lot of fun and very entertaining. With so many ridiculous shows that aren’t really worth watching, THE CAPE is fresh and my kids and I would hate to see it end so quickly. Would they consider keeping it an on-line show if they cancell it?


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