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The River: Cancelled; No Season Two on ABC

River on ABC cancelled, no season twoThe search is truly over for the Magus crew. ABC has cancelled The River, their mid-season thriller series, after just one season of eight episodes.

The River follows the search for Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood), an adventurer, TV host, father and husband who disappeared while on an expedition deep in the uncharted waters of the Amazon River. Others in the cast include Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, and Paulina Gaitan.

The TV series had an okay premiere, registering a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.35 million viewers. Unfortunately later episodes didn’t do nearly as well and towards the end of its short season it went as low as a 1.3 in the demo with 4.09 million.

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On our ABC Ratings Report Card, which measures the relative success of shows on the network, The River has a “D” grade and is one of the lowest-rated shows on ABC this season. It’s no surprise that the network has cancelled it.

While you won’t see a second season ABC, there’s still a glimmer of hope that Netflix could pick it up. The movie rental/streaming service had preliminary discussions with ABC Studios about possibly picking up the show if ABC ended up canning it.

There’s been no word since the initial story but, now that the show’s been cancelled, perhaps we will. ABC holds their upfront presentation on Tuesday so we may learn some more information at that time.

What do you think? Are you surprised that The River has been cancelled? Do you think Netflix should pick it up for a second season?

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Edith September 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I will subscribe to Netflix for the river!


michelle September 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Netflix PLEASE, PLEASE,PLEASE, pick up THE RIVER, and produce a 2nd season!!!! This a AWESOME SHOW!!!! I Gaurentee that loyal followers such as myself will subscribe to netflix just to see the 2nd season of the River, and I know already established customers of NETFLIX will love it, and be weekly viewers and loyal followers of this show as well. It is a shame that it was cancelled by abc. And reality shows such as the bachelor will continue to be renewed for years. The RIVER IS AWESOME!!!!!!! PLEASE PICK UP THE RIVER AND RENEW FOR 2ND SEASON!!!!!!!


Christopher September 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm



Sam September 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Me and my boyfriend loved The River!!! We are completely disappointed it will not be coming back for a second season!!!! Good thing The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars will be back on….NOT!!!!! So upset right now!!!!!!


Dawn September 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I do not watch “reality” shows or the Kardashians or any other mindless drivel. I really liked and enjoyed The River…very tense, mesmerizing and DIFFERENT. Super sad that it got the axe, just so some other crapola show can take it’s time slot. Do networks only cater to the 15-25 yr old crowd now? What about the rest of us who could care less about most of the current lineup? Thanks for one great season, anyhow.


Chareyn September 6, 2012 at 8:08 am

Daaaaaaang-it!!! Always the GOOD shows that get canned….Tired of that Bachelor and Bachelorette crap ABC!! Make a line- of good shows like The River and some other good stuff yall cancelled and show it at like 2am on a Saturday morning so we can DVR it or something… show it on or something….compromise people!!


heather September 5, 2012 at 10:00 am

I liked The River. It was different and kept me on edge of my seat. I hope ABC brings it back as I don’t have NetFlix


Nicole September 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!?! You cancelled an awesome show only to renew the bachelor and bachelorette? I think that “fad” is over!! Give your heads a shake! NOT everyone wants to watch trash reality tv!! So disappointed by all the good shows that are being cancelled! STUPID!!!!!!


Diane August 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm



Stephanie August 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I was soooo looking forward to the second season of The River!! I’m so disappointed that yet another good show has been cancelled. :(


mika August 22, 2012 at 5:03 am

yes please, bring it back!


me August 20, 2012 at 7:21 am

I am so sad there isn’t going to be a season two for The River! I loved it and I was looking forward to seeing the second season. I hope you change your minds and bring it back.


Cheryl Pearson August 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Please bring back the river, it is the best show ever!


ami August 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

i hope their mind will be change and should pick up the river


Tammy August 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I enjoyed the suspense and the show intrigued me to excitedly look forward to new episodes. ABC could have tried to keep it one more season.The thrill ” to know” subsided when the show abruptly ended.


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