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The River: To Be Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

The River on ABC cancelled or renewedThis evening, ABC aired the season finale of The River. What’s next? Will the TV show return for a second season or will it be cancelled instead?

For those who aren’t familiar with the ABC series, The River follows the search for beloved TV host and explorer (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 what turns out to be a dangerous rescue mission. The cast includes Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, and Paulina Gaitan.

Sadly, it’s almost certain that The River will be cancelled. The thriller series debuted back in the February with a pair of episodes. The first hour attracted a 2.6 in the coveted 18-49 demographic with 8.35 million total viewers. By the second hour, 12% of the audience had bailed and the numbers dropped to a 2.3 rating with 6.83 million.

TV show supportThe ratings have been dropping ever since. Last week’s episode drew just a 1.3 rating in the demo with 4.09 million total viewers. Averaging a 1.67 demo and 4.82 million, The River is the lowest-rated drama on the network and has fallen even lower than sure-to-be-cancelled Pan Am. On our network report card, which compares ABC TV show demo ratings, The River gets a “D.”

With ratings like these, there’s just no chance that the alphabet network will order any more installments.

What do you think? Do you think The River should be cancelled? Are you satisfied with the way the story was left? How would you have ended it?


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Felipe Hinojos February 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm

No way should the river be cancelled it was an amazing show and I’d love to see where it was going. There was so much more that could be done with such a unique show. I really hope they will decide to bring it back or at least do a DVD release to bring about more satisfying end to the story


Jessica February 19, 2013 at 2:38 am

Are u serious?!?!! I loved this show and was looking forward to the next episodes… Now what??? We jus get left hanging?? At least end the show, leaving it open like that is just so wrong!!


Rose February 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Bring this show back The River was one of my favorites. If you cant tell a good show from a bad one ABC shouldn’t air any shows at all. Because if you keep taking out the good ones then the viewers get mad including me. When you know that a show wont make it to the next season then GIVE IT AN ENDING don’t leave the show hanging there like that whats wrong with you!


Julia February 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!?! this was my favorite show it had a good horror story line its hard to find that now a days you need to keep this show going. How are you going to know if this show will succeed if you dont try? This show had amazing potential and then you end making the viewers ready for the next season you should at least put our minds at rest! try to finish it this could be one of the best shows ever if you continued! All those people who made a comment or that watch the show would tell their friends and then those friends would tell their friends and you would get a chain reaction. Only if you kept it going though i guaranty that this show would succeed. if you dont keep it going then ABC is full of morons that cant tell a good show from a bad one!


Connor February 17, 2013 at 10:07 am

Are you
Kidding me river was awesome I gerinty you that if you have amother
Seoson you will get 9 million views
And I you keep the suspense up you will keep those viewers


hope February 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm

The River was awesome…ABC cancels too many good show!!!!


chris February 14, 2013 at 2:13 am

Ancient magic,demons and mystery. They did a great job at capturing our imagination. Even today, at the mention of the amazon people automatically think of beauty,danger,mystery and magic. They did a great job.


Liz February 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Love,love this show. So gripping. Different and exciting. Very upset that it is not coming back.


peyton February 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm

i loved the river. watcheed it every time it came on. you should keep it on abc. it was one of the best scary mystery sort tv shows ever. you guys should really but it back on abc. maybe have a better intro so people will be wanting more.


Robert February 10, 2013 at 12:11 am

Why i was hoping for a second season i didn’t look it up until now because it’s about to become a year until it first came on tv this was one of the first shows i started watching every week religiously i hope and pray yhall bring this show back because it’s needed there isn’t another show like it on tv


Becky February 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm

My husband and I loved watching The River, and honestly the way it left off you really need to show us more!!!


Kate February 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm

The River was a concept that was so entirely different than anything else on TV. The way the series ended, it was quite obviously supposed to continue….so now we all get left hanging? I don’t know WHO is responsible for making these command decisions, but cancelling this show was not the right one.


Jeri February 6, 2013 at 9:37 pm

For god sake! There was finally a quality horror story that was unpredictable. Package it differently if you have too but don’t cancel it. It was solid. I’m still angry about Arrested Development being cancelled.


Kelly February 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I loved this show, it always had a crazy weird twist! One of the ones me and my husband looked forward to!!


pam January 30, 2013 at 9:54 pm



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