The Secret Circle: No Second Season; Cancelled

CW cancels Secret Circle no season twoIt seems not even magic couldn’t help bring the ratings up. The CW has cancelled The Secret Circle after one season of 22 episodes.

A supernatural series, The Secret Circle follows teenager Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson) who, after moving to Chance Harbor, discovers that she is a witch and part of a young secret coven. The show also stars Thomas Dekker, Gale Harold, Phoebe Tonkin, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Shelly Hennig, Louis Hunter, Ashley Crow, and Natasha Henstridge.

When the season began, it looked like The CW had found the perfect match for their big hit, The Vampire Diaries. The premiere drew a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.05 million viewers. These days, those are excellent numbers for the smallest network.

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In week two, the ratings dropped 31% but were still strong by CW standards. Unfortunately, over the course of the season, they have tumbled downward. They’ve gone as low as 0.5 rating with just 1.14 million viewers. Other CW shows were performing better and they didn’t have the advantage of having such a strong lead-in.

On our CW Ratings Report Card, which measures the relative demographic numbers of shows on the network, The Secret Circle has a “B+” grade. That grade however is heavily reliant on the early season numbers and the show hasn’t been pulling those in months.

If The CW had renewed Secret Circle for a second season, the ratings would likely have been lower when it returned in the fall — lower still without a Vampire Diaries lead-in.

The CW has different standards for success than other networks and derives income from other sources beyond broadcast viewing. They also have just 10 hours of primetime space available. It just didn’t make sense to bring Secret Circle back for another season.

The series finale aired on last Thursday night, May 10th, so there won’t be any further resolution for the ongoing storylines.

What do you think? Are you upset that The Secret Circle has been cancelled and won’t be returning for a second season? What will you miss about the show?

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  1. Debbie n Nashville says

    I loved The Secret Circle! What are you thinking?? That was a great show. And you cancelled Ringed! Wow, The WB used to have good shows. By all means put a silly singing show or another awful reality show on. I think I will skip The CW and pay for a movie channel.

  2. Judy says

    Your barely keeping me as a fan!!!! The Secret Circle was sooo good!! Should be a writers dream!! You screwed up with that move!!

  3. Shelbz says

    Bad move CW!!! Second year in a row you’ve pulled a favorite new show of mine (remember Hellcats!!!) and keep around crap like 90210 which should have been dropped long ago! Even Supernatural has outlived its time on CW, sadly because that used to be one of my favs but honestly the last two seasons have SUCKED! If it weren’t for Vampire Diaries I would stop watching CW completely!!!! Give Secret Circle another chance!!!!!

  4. Amy says

    Bring it back!! Loved it and watched it every week.. I ant believe they cancelled it and the Ringer!!

  5. TONY DICKERSON says

    IM SOOO PISSED ABOUT THIS THE WAY THEY LET THE SEASON END PUMPS U UP AND THERE COULD BE SOO MANY WAYS A SEASON TWO COULD GO!!!! THEY REALLY NEED TO GIVE THIS SHOW ANOTHER CHANCE WHAT ARE U GONNA COME UP WITH THATS BETTER ITS ALREADY BAD ENOUGH THAT THEY CANCELLED RINGER TOO CMON LEAVE SOMETHING GOOD ON BESIDES 90210 AND VAMPIRE DIARIES!!!!

  6. Andrew says

    I’m from Australia and just watched it on foxtel here and wow what the hell just found out how can they cancel it doesn’t make sense at all. The ratings are there

  7. Jen says

    I loved this show, I can’t believe it’s cancelled :( I read all the books and loved them too. When I heard they were making a show based on the books I was soooo excited to see it. I think they did a good job with matching the characters, I fell in love with all of them!! I hope they do make a second season, I’m a dedicated fan :)

  8. Sydney says

    I loved Cassie, Diana, Adam, Jake, Nick, Mel, John, and Faye.So whwhwhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is it over?

  9. Tharanee says

    Bring it back was such an awesome show this upsets me that they take cancel every good show i watch ahhhhhh bring it backkkkkkkkkkkkk

  10. J says

    I absolutely loved The Secret Circle, when I saw the initial previews I was ecstatic that the CW was starting another show that was based around witches. I’ve been waiting for another great one even since Charmed ended years ago. The CW had two great shows in Ringer and The Secret Circle and they canceled them both. Great mistake in my opinion, they really shot themselves in the foot this time. The CW is going to drive followers away if they keep canceling great new innovative shows.

  11. tevin says

    I loved that show I use to watch.it every thursday with my sister and grandmother …..i hope they will later change their mind and consiter puting it back for season 2, theres still alot to be answered

  12. Heather says

    Secret Circle is(was) one of my favorite shows! I can’t believe they cancelled it! I have watched it every week on T.V. and on here if I missed it. It’s sad that every time the CW gets a good show they cancel it (like Life Unexpected). I love a few shows on the CW and it is really getting hard to continue to watch this channel if they just keep canceling the ones that I like!!! I’m heartbroken! :(

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