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the forgotten: Disappointing Ratings for Christian Slater; Cancel It or Keep It?

the forgottenWhen Christian Slater’s TV series, My Own Worst Enemy, was cancelled last year it seemed a bit unlikely that the actor would return to the medium any time soon. Some film stars have made the journey to television in the past and, when the shows failed, they haven’t been too quick to return. But Slater hopped right back into the fray and has a new show for ABC, the forgotten. So, will this one stick around longer than the last one?

the forgotten revolves around a group of dedicated civilians that form The Forgotten Network. Led by Alex Donovan (Slater), the team donates its time to identify unrecognizable murder victims, trying to “give back the name of the deceased.” The show also stars Michelle Borth, Heather Stephens, Bob Stephenson, Anthony Carrigan, and Rochelle Aytes.

With a title that just invites snarky headlines, forgotten was skewered by many critics before the show even debuted. By and large, most viewers weren’t all that impressed either.

The series debuted on September 22nd to a decent 9.53 million viewers and a 2.6/7 rating/share among adults 18-49. While those numbers seem pretty good, upon closer examination, they aren’t all that positive.

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the forgotten’s lead-in, the very popular Dancing with the Stars, scored 16.28 million and a 3.9/10 in its last half hour. The first half hour of forgotten attracted only 10.14 million and a 2.7/7. That means that the Slater drama lost over 40% of its total lead-in audience and 33% in the demographic. What’s more, 12% of people who started watching forgotten turned it off half way through the premiere. That’s a sure sign that those people wouldn’t be back the next week.

And they didn’t return. In week two, the forgotten’s numbers dropped by more than 1.8 million viewers to 7.72 million. In the all-important demographic, the show’s ratings dropped from a 2.6/7 to a 2.0/5, a loss of 23%.

TV show supportAs of last night, things seem to have evened off a bit. For week three, forgotten attracted 7.81 million viewers and a 2.0/6. Though it’s positive that the ratings didn’t drop for a second time, these numbers are not healthy. forgotten ranked in a distant second place for total viewers (beating the under-performing Jay Leno Show) and third place for the demo (almost tying Leno).

Unless these numbers turn around, the forgotten’s days on the schedule are certainly numbered. ABC ordered 13 episodes to start and could pull the show or prematurely cut production. But, even if all 13 are finished and aired, it’s highly unlikely that ABC will order any more.

What do you think? Is this show worth watching or is it best left forgotten (sorry, too hard to resist)? Would you cancel it or keep it?

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Dana March 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm

The Forgotten has been getting better and better each episode! I’ve just read on other sites that the show is cancelled … I think ABC is making a mistake! They don’t give anything enough time for people to catch on and show their loyalty.


Sara March 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I say they better keep the forgotten everytime they come out with something good to watch they never give it enough time and this show is really starting to get really good.


Marcia Obillo March 15, 2010 at 11:42 pm

I hope this show continues. It’s great. It’s brought to light all the “forgotten” people out there. The chemistry among the characters is also great.


Jenn March 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I like this show! They just need to give it some more time to catch on. Advertise for it a little and you’ll see, people will not forget to watch The Forgotten!


Karen March 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Keep it! With so many “reality” shows on TV, it’s great to have a one-hour drama added to the mix. It’s time to stop the surge of non-scripted shows and go back to writers telling stories!


Becca March 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Why don’t they try changing days or time slots before they just up and cancel a show? I love this show and if I can’t watch it, I alwauys make sure to record it! I am getting tired of getting attached to a show only to have it cancelled… and it seems to be ABC doing this more than the other networks!


migrus March 10, 2010 at 11:14 pm

This is the most unique story idea to come along in a very tired genre. And ABC can’t let it find an audience? Time to turn the TV off.


debbie March 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I think it’s a great show, if the raitings are slow in that day and time slot, move it don’t cancel it. Give it a chance.


cody March 10, 2010 at 7:31 am

its a great show shouldn’t cancel it yet it has great potential to become a hit.


randy March 9, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Keep it my friend rely likes that show and she would be very sad if you didn’t


Rebel March 9, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I think that the forgotten is a keeper It is a great tv show….


Rebecca March 9, 2010 at 11:02 pm

They better keep it its one of the best Tv Shows I have seen in a long time I would be rely depressed if they don’t keep the forgotten..


jane March 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm

why do all the original ideas get cancelled in favor of tiresome reality shows and repeated ideas (ie., Law & Order after Law & Order)? Give the viewers a chance to become invested in the program. Seinfeld wasn’t a hit it’s first season either. This is a really good show.


Joshua March 9, 2010 at 9:17 pm

This show is amazing and it would be a mistake to cancel it!


Lauren March 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Keep it, its a little different and that what makes it good


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