the forgotten: Not Cancelled (yet), ABC Orders Five More Episodes

the forgotten not canceledThe new ABC series called the forgotten has received a bit of good news. The network has decided to order five more installments. Does this mean that it won’t be cancelled?

Starring Christian Slater, the forgotten follows a group of civilians who work together to find missing persons once the police have reached a dead end. Aside from Slater, the series features the talents of Michelle Borth, Heather Stephens, Bob Stephenson, Rochelle Aytes, Anthony Carrigan, Judith Hoag, and Lily Rains.

Debuting on September 22nd, the forgotten got off to a slow start with just a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 9.54 million total viewers. It lost a large percentage of the Dancing with the Stars lead-in audience and 12% of viewers tuned in before the hour was done.

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The following week, viewership dropped to a 2.0 in the demo and 7.72 million. While overall viewership fluctuated in later weeks, the demo numbers stayed at the same disappointing level.

TV show supportIn a somewhat surprising move, ABC has decided to order five additional installments. Of the news, co-executive producer KristieAnne Reedd tweeted, “Very excited about the additional order of episodes for the forgotten.”

While this may seem like the network has faith in the series, it’s more likely an indication of other scheduling challenges caused by things like the cancellation of Eastwick.

Unless the forgotten’s ratings turn around, it’s difficult to imagine that ABC will order any more or invest in a second season.

What do you think? Can the forgotten be saved or is it living on borrowed time?

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  1. sandra says

    The show was never given a chance.What do producers expect from a new show?To take off from day one?ABC makes it a point to disappoint its viewers.How do they expect someone to have faith in them when they never seem to have faith in their own productions?Too many mistakes!HOPE SOME OTHER CHANNEL PICKS UP THE SHOW.Here in Australia we loved it.Makes you feel for people,understand their pain and still have faith in the human race.Shame really,especially when you see the ridiculous,and cheap stuff that become hits.BRING THE SHOW BACK

  2. Lola says

    The forgotten was a very good show! the only thing that they messed up on was taking Heather Stephens off and replacing her with Elisha Cutbert. Heather was my favorite of the girls. It’s sad this show was canceled, There is a show that’s trying to copy this show, but it’s a true crime type of show called (Stolen voices, Buried secrets) It’s pretty good, but I still wish the forgotten would come back!!!!!!

  3. Michele Walker says

    The Forgotten may have started out slow but it will be a top rated show given the chance. People had to find out on their own that Slater was no longer on the show where he played the double agent guy named Henry yeah I can’t ever remember it. Please put it on Saturday nights there is nothing worth watching for primetime drama shows at anytime. It’s a great show for those of us that don’t care for “reality tv”, as it gets old!! Plus with Cold Case cancelled this gives viewers a place to go for this type of entertainment. Thanks

  4. Viewer says

    ABC if you cancel this show, you’re foolish. It’s a great show with so much to offer. Try advertising it a bit more. Around the water cooler I’ve heard many times; “Has the forgotten been cancelled? I hope not!” Come on! No wonder FOX is doing so well, they keep the really great shows on long enough to get noticed and advertise them vigorously. Do ya really need Steve and Blue to help you find a clue?

  5. MikeG says

    Finally, a TV show worth watching, that drags me away from video game playing and YOU CANCEL IT!? I can’t believe it. Great stories, interesting characters, and I really like Christian Slater and Michelle Borth. Everyone on the show does a great job, but those two are my favorites. Please don’t cancel “the forgotten”. I really like it.

  6. Kelly says

    I love this show. Please do NOT cancel The Forgotten. It is so hard to find anything decent on tv anymore. This show is the best. It is so real and it helps the families with real missing people get some exposure for them.

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