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. Melissa says

    I think the show would’ve gotten better ratings if they wouldve followed the book better…it really seemed like they were making it up as they went along and it just wasn’t the great book series that I read so long ago. For those who loved the show U should read the series. Way better. From the first episode I was like “what”? There wasn’t even a character named Melissa in the book and Nick doesn’t die. There was also an actual coven Cassie being the 13th member… I stopped watching after the 3rd or 4th episode but I really did try and give it a chance

  2. natasha says

    i hate the fact they cancelled the show i have been waiting for the second season to start me and my family wa watching this every thrusday night on cw and there wasnt many shows i would watch on cw but however i was very interested in the secret circle wow to believe that the show ended just like that after one season well thats pretty messed up cw u finally hace a hit show people could have related to and you take it of the air after one season well you guys should be a shamed of yourselfs. thats why whatever shows you guys bring out it wont do good because yall took away a family show so disappointed in cw choice\

  3. Ben says

    Just another case of good shows that go off the air. O well just like Missing on ABC with Ashley Judd another good show is gone.

  4. ashley says

    whhhaaaatttttt i am extremly upset, i loved this show , please bring back the secret circle. in my opinion this shows. this show was great to watch !!! bring back the secret circle !!

  5. christina says

    why do they take off shows that seem interesting. i like the supernatural shows the sci fi shows. the shows that are different. my husband even got into the secret circle. we couldnt wait until it came on. i think they need to do more shows from books and continue them.

  6. zue says

    NOOOOOOOOOOO, why that show is awsome every one on my work talk about it the next day and we were exited for the next episode, there so other show they should cancel they are really borring and repeating. This series was exiting and leave you alwys wanting more. Please return it back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Bree says

    I loved the secret circle it was my favorite tv show!!! Each week I couldn’t wait for it to come on!!! I watch the vampire diaries too but it’s getting dumb, and I’m not gonna watch the cw anymore it’s sad when u get soo into a great show and then they cancel it… I hope some other channel picks up the show!!!!

  8. Mike says

    PLEASE!!!!! Bring the secret circle back on tv it’s the best tv show in my opinion thats on tv. @ Leah your dumb!!!! I think the secret circle should be given another chance honestly . I’m not gonna watch your channel any more because of your moronic producers!!!

  9. Bree says

    Please please please!!!! Bring the secret circle back!!! It was my favorite show each week I looked forward to watching it!!!! I also watch the vampire diaries but it’s getting kinda old , is some other channel gonna be about to pick up the series!!!! PLEASE!!! I think that with a better group of writers the secret circle would still be on…. Please do wht you can and bring my favorite tv sho back!!!!

  10. Manny says

    It’s too bad that they cancelled the show. I really got into it with my family, and although we are diehard fans of Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural, this would have been also an awesome show to keep watching as well. Bring it back again CW! It was just getting more interesting!!!!!

  11. anne says

    noooooooooo, don’t cancel the show! please don’t cancel the show! it’s awesomeeeee! I really don’t want i to end at a cliffhanger like this. it ended so brutally. please keep it running for at least one more season!!!!!

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