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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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Jeanne November 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm

No series should be allowed to end without closing up the loose ends of the ongoing story line.


beth tirado November 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

i cant b live this every good show they want 2 cancle! im supriseed they still have a network at all. if it wasnt 4 vampire diaries and heart of dixi gossip girl and 90210 i wouldnt even watch cw. i knew they cancled secret circle when i started seein the same actors in other shows


Angelica November 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

I just got into this show on netflix, and you’re telling me there’s no second season?
Bring it back!


Adrianna November 6, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Please bring The Secret Circle back !


nikki November 5, 2012 at 12:55 am

i do not have cable unfortunately, but i do have netflix and i can also watch my shows online… i really got into “the secret circle”. i would love to see it come back on air… they should have never cancelled it… it is a really good show, now matter how many times i have watched it already, i still can’t help to watch it over and over again… BRING BACK THE SECRET CIRCLE!!!!!


Anonymous November 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm

no bring it back i miss it already


Serious circle fan November 4, 2012 at 7:53 am

What if we all wrote a letter to abc or cw or another network? I already wrote to abc recently? Oh and I am happy we’re writing season two ourselves to try and get it back but a letter with signatures might help too. I hope they bring back the secret circle though I still can’t stop repeatedly watching the episodes on Netflix! Pleaase bring tsc back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jalissa Hutchins October 29, 2012 at 10:22 am

I’m super upset that this show is cancelled…… I was really getting into it.


Tina October 27, 2012 at 9:20 am

Netflix has all the shows with no commercials.


ug October 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm

just like abc nbc cbs and cw cutting show and no endings


Juana Sulikowski October 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I really enjoyed this show!!! This sucks!
Left us hanging …. No resolution or conclusion! Way to go!


walelu October 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

As I was checking the ratings Secret Circle had a B+ and was canceled yet another show with a C+ was renewed there is something wrong with this picture. It Is a fantastic show and should be reinstated it is just as good as Charmed was If not better.


stacy October 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Can’t believe the show was cancelled. It was really a good show.


uniqqie October 11, 2012 at 8:17 am

im very upset that it will not becomeing back i was really in to the show never missed a show ever it wll be missed by meany it was getting really good and this is the 3 tv show that has been cand that i have liked plees no more


lizette October 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

omg i just got into watching the show i know a little late but better late than never.. i love it i really would like it if CW brought the show back it sucks that i got all into this show and now its being canceled.. i wish that there are enough fans that will protest so CW could see we love it so they could bring it back !!!


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