The River: ABC’s New Thriller Series; Cancel or Keep It?

The River: cancel or renew?ABC continues to try to replace some of their aging hour-long TV series. Once Upon a Time will be renewed but how about The River? Cancelled after one short season?

The River revolves around the search for beloved TV host and explorer Doctor Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) some six months after he and his team went missing down the Amazon. His wife, son, their crew and a documentary team go after them on a rescue mission. As you might expect, they find more than they expected and the trip is fraught with danger. The cast includes Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, and Paulina Gaitan.

The paranormal/horror series got a double-episode launch on Tuesday, February 7th. The first hour averaged a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.35 million total viewers. The second hour drew a 2.3 demo rating with 6.83 million. Those demo numbers were better than what Body of Proof’s been getting but were still disappointing.

Looking at the half-hour breakdowns, you can see that the ratings steadily declined as the two hours progressed. Between the first half hour and the last, The River lost 15% in the demo and 26% in total viewership. That certainly wasn’t a good indication that those people would return for week two.

Should The River be cancelled?

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And, they didn’t. For the third episode, The River’s demo fell a whopping 26% with a 1.7 rating with 4.96 million. Several shows also saw declines that night but The River was easily the biggest loser of the evening.

After just three installments, The River averages a 2.0 in the coveted demo and 5.9 million viewers. It ranks 12th on the list of ABC scripted shows for this season, just above already-cancelled sitcom Man Up!. The River also receives a “D+” on the ABC network report card. Unless the next episode attracts at least a 2.0 rating, the season average and grade will drop even further.

TV show supportBased on this early performance, it looks certain that The River will be cancelled after one season. The network only ordered eight episodes so there are only five produced installments remaining. The last is expected to air on March 20th. Given that this is an ongoing mystery series, it seems highly unlikely that the story will be wrapped up by the finale.

But, what do you think? Have you been enjoying The River? Do you think it deserves to be cancelled or get a renewal for season two? Cancel or keep it?

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  1. Steve Craven says

    I totally was drug in by the suspense it gave us. Please don’t cancel it, it is the only show I have looked forward to each week during it’s run.

  2. Mike says

    Agreed. There is nothing else like this on TV… I am tired of the crap networks are passing as shows these days. The River is a great show and needs to stay!

  3. Denise says

    I was a little disappointed in the first season of the river however, it is a show that your always want to see what happens next and you cant seem to quit watching it. My family and I look forward to season 2 and to see what happens next. I do hope that season 2 is better written because the story line and idea of the show is very good… So please make a season 2….

  4. RonL87 says

    DO NOT CANCEL THIS GEM!!! RENEW IT!! We want a Season 2! There’s so much trash lately on TV…too many reality shows, celebrity shows, and bland acting…but I look forward to “The River” EVERY week and I even got my family addicted too!! (ages 15-52)
    It really is a wonderful show filled with mystery, suspense, drama, action and horror elements!! It sucks you in like a good book and makes you feel for the characters! Pleasee keep it!!

  5. Lacie says

    LOVE this show, please keep it! While the season finale was a bit of a disappointment it still left me wondering what will happen next, keep this show!

  6. nicole says

    please keep the river. its different. and my family and i get together to watch it every tuesday night. PLEASE MAKE A SECOND SEASON!!!

  7. Tonya says

    This is the one show me and my family wait for each week.What is it about ABC
    always canceling the best ones?Please DO NOT CANCEL,this show is awsome!

  8. Amanda says

    Do not cancelle this show. It is my favorite abc show. My fiancé and I watch it every week and are hoping to see what happens next season! Abc already canceled my favorite soap (one life to live). If you cancel the river too then I have no reason to watch abc. You also canceled the gates a long time ago. Why do you always cancel the good ones and keep the bad?

  9. Kat says

    PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL THE SHOW!!!! I’ve been watching and enjoying the show since day one, you cannot cancel it just like that after tonight’s show, it would be cruel. We dont have enough shows like that playing right now and alot of people will be disapointed if it is. I will defintely stop watching ABC if it gets cancelled! :(

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