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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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Angie Groce June 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm

I have still been holding out hope that there will be a second season! This was the best show! We actually sat down for date night when it came on! Can’t believe it has not been renewed! I feel like they left us hanging! Very disappointed. …..


Daniela May 7, 2014 at 7:53 am

Absolutely a season 2. Wwhat I think they should change though is all the blurriness and shaking the camera more then necessary whenever something scary or creepy is shown. For example the ghosts or monsters. It is very annoying! We want to see all the scary stuff. It is more lie a children’s show when they do that.

It is not cool to just leave off in the middle of the Amazon. What happens? How do they manage to leave the Boiunas? Where is Jahel’s mom? We need to know!


Celeste March 17, 2014 at 8:34 pm

You have to have a second season !!!! I am so hooked and absolutely LOVEEEEE THIS SHOW PLEASE DON’T CANCEL IT !! It’s a very engaging and thrilling series’s , please bring it back and promote it more :( <3


Norwegian girl March 11, 2014 at 11:16 am

i just love the series and i will bee really disappointed if you don`t continue whit a season two.. så PEASE make one!


ajinkya January 31, 2014 at 1:10 pm

i was one of the watchers of the tv series The River the way that story was going it was awesome i request alphabet network not to cancel the series…
pls carry on… we would like to watch ur series


Al Munro January 16, 2014 at 3:03 am

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! don’t cancel the River it is an awesome series. I agree with the above comment another network should pick it up because if there isn’t to be a second season then the way the first season finished isn’t fair really …….


buffy burbridge February 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

syfy should pick it put i but it will get more rating on there then any thing or tnt should do it. i love the river. i didn’t like the way it ended. it just left u hanging. and i want to see more. my mom and dad thinks there should be another season too. we love watching it together. i would like it very much is there was another season. thank you


Diane January 7, 2014 at 9:25 am

Please DO NOT cancel The River, there were a lot of us on my job that thought this series
was the bomb. And besides how can you leave us hanging as to what happened to everybody. Please, please reconsider keeping it on.


Carla December 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm

PLEASE DON’T CANCEL this show…..looked forward to watching every week! Can’t end the way it did, the story isn’t finished, what happens???


Anonymous November 18, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Please do not take it off the air because we need to know if the burmuda is going to let them out are there obstacles they need to go through or are they dead!


Lexi Christensen November 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

please I love this tv show PLEASE LET SEASON TWO AIR :(


Jakob October 29, 2013 at 5:07 am

Please keeo it.


Robin L. October 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Please don’t cancel,loved the show!


Clare September 27, 2013 at 2:45 pm

My husband and I loved watcing the river and watched it every week but mainly had to record and watch it at a more convenient time because of work – not sure if this kind if thing affects the ratings???

I hope season two is not cancelled because we have been looking forward to the new series all year and are now extremely disappointed to hear that it may not air.

Please give it a chance as it is a very interesting and obviously a lot of people still want to see the series air.


caroline covington September 27, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Please let there be a season two…………….I love this series. I have seen 1st series twice.


ann marriott September 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm

the river should note be cancelled i want 2 see what happens with the river closing up at the end and how they am going 2 get home ive got really addicted 2 it they should not start and end a series like that if they am not going 2 finish it leaving viewers wanting more. PLEASE DON’T CANCEL IT


Mark September 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I remember another good show that got canceled named Kchack The Night Stalker
with Darren McGavin. Bad ratings great show! I hope the scify network picks this one up and runs with it! That network markets to target audiances that would help the show.


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