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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.

Should Secret Circle have been cancelled?

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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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Amber Hepple May 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I am soooo upset, I actually cried. I looooove this show, I wish another network would pick it up, I think it has the potential to be an epic show!!

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Rowene May 22, 2012 at 10:44 am

Bring back Gale Harold in a better serie and in a bigger character. Thanks!

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Greg May 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Dang it. This show was my guilty pleasure. Of course the “crystal skull” storyline was lame, but the rest of the show had good potential.
Curse you CW. Curse you and your little dog too!

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Jeff May 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I want this show back! I took the time to read the books hoping it would give me the closure from the awesome first season finale! and sadly it didnt! i want to know what was suppose to happen with the new circle!

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Michelle May 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

What the hell? Just found out there isn’t going to be any more Secret Circle?!! I absolutely couldn’t wait for the next episode every week & it was such a great cliffhanger with the other witches about to enter. Now we’ll never find out what was to happen?! That sucks big time! Please bring it back!!

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HEATHER May 21, 2012 at 8:09 am

OMG! THE SECRET CIRCLE WAS MY ALL TIME MOST FAVORITE SHOW ON THE CW… I EVEN STARTED LIKING IT MORE THAN VAMPIRE DIARIES!! I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT YOU GUYS TOOK IT OFF OF THE AIR! THAT WAS THE BEST SHOW ON TV RIGHT NOW! SO INTERESTING AND AWSUM AND THERE AREN’T ANY OTHER SHOWS ON TV RIGHT NOW ABOUT WITCHES AND WITCHCRAFT EXCEPT FOR VD AND SUPERNATURAL AND SCRET CIRCLE WAS WAY BETTER THAN BOTH OF THOSE! IT’S TOTALLY UNIQUE AND THE SEASON FINALE LEFT SO MUCH FOR US TO WONDER ABOUT AND I WAS SO EXCITED TO SEE WHERE IT WAS GOING! MY HEART IS LITERALLY BROKEN THAT IT WAS CANCELLED! PLEASE RECONSIDER BRINGING IT BACK! IT WAS TRULY THE BEST!!! ALTHOUGH I THINK YOU SHOULD MOVE THE TIMES AROUND WITH SECRET CIRLCE FIRST AND THEN VAMPIRE DIARIES..PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BRING BACK MY FAVORITE SHOW!!!!!!!

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Heather May 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I completely agree with you! I can honestly say that I really starting liking it more than the Vampire Diaries as well! I’m really sad that it was cancelled :(

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sabryna stpierre May 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm

BRING BACK THE SECRET CIRCLE

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Scott May 20, 2012 at 1:11 am

HEY EVERYONE DONATE TO MAKE-A-WISH-SAVE-A-WITCH! I WAS HESITANT TO PUTTING MY CARD NUMBER AND SUCH ON THE INTERNET BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN SCAMMED BEFORE. THOUGH I FINALLY GAVE IN. THIS IS A LEGIT DONATION. IT SHOWS ON THE PAGE WHEN YOU DONATE AND HOW MUCH. YOU ALSO GET A RECEIPT AND EMAIL RECEIPT. I CHECKED MY STATEMENT AND THE EXACT MUCH I DONATED WAS TAKING OUT AND NOTHING MORE. THIS IS NOT A SCAM. I THINK IT IS A GREAT IDEA. THE MAIN REQUEST IS DONATE $1 PER PERSON. THE FUNDRAISER HAS OVER $2,000 AS OF NOW AND PEOPLE ARE DONATING $5,$10,$20, AND MORE. SO THAT MUCH HAS BEEN DONATED BY FEW PEOPLE WILLING TO GIVE MORE THAN A BUCK. I THINK THAT IS PRETTY GOOD. NOW IF EVERYONE WOULD DONATE I REALLY BELIEVE WE WILL GET OUR SHOW BACK. IT’S GETTING US NOTICED BY NETWORKS AND THE MEDIA MORE THAN OUR OTHER PETITIONS. SO PLZ TSC FANS DONATE AND SAVE OUR SECRET CIRCLE. THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT! SO CHOKE OR MAKE THE PLAY!

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LYNN May 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I agree, I am pretty upset that you cancelled the Secret Circle. I watch it every week on your website as I do not have cable TV to actually watch it on the TV. There are so few shows that I actually watch anymore, and if you get rid of my other one, I would probably more then likely just boycott CW all together. :( So dissapointed.

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Upset Viewer May 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I cannot believe they canceled The Secret Circle! I loved that show. I watched it with anticipation ever week. So, let me get this straight, people love vampires but not witches? The only two shows I watched on CW was Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle. I think both shows are great. What a shame. I think CW should give The Secret Circle one more season to see how it goes, or at least create an ending to the show so we at least have closure!

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jane taylor May 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

why would you do this, secret circle was great to watch and it needs to carry on, who are they to say what stays and what to go. I feel so fed up they show a great show then cut it off because some people say not enough people watch it, i know a lot more programmes that should be stoped that were only a quarter as good as this one, so unfair.

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april May 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

bring the show back to many ppl love it and there not that many shows now a days you can sit down and watch with your kids please change your minds and bring back the SECRET CIRCLE for lots of seasons trust me you will have your ratings

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Allyson May 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I am so upset!!!! i loved this show so much and NEED to know what was gonna happen!!!

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jessica May 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm

hi my name is jessie jay im from london in england has soon has i saw the preview for the secret circle coming to living channel autumn 2011 i thought that looks a great show and that i was deffanatly going to watch it and i sure did and have loved it since. right up to the end of the first season which ended on the 16th may ive recorded episode 1-22 from this thirst season it has ended has if theres going to be a season 2 but i’m not sure because ive heared that it has been cancelled( what going on lots of people love the show you cant’t take it away from us. if this is true its not fair not to be told and keep me thinking and others that its going to return if cw does not bring it back im going to place a curse on the fuckin channel i will bring it down that you can be sure of is this true isan’t there going two be a second season could you at the cw channel releive me and please say that your gonna bring it back or that you will think very hard about bringing the best show on tv back contact me back has soon has possible

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Dylan Thomas May 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I am so upset that CW has cancelled “The Secret Circle”, I’m from Ireland and the final episode airs tonight! My friends and I are meeting up and are all watching it together, its going to be so sad.
There’s a petition on twitter for a second season, search @twitition, theres already over 17,000 signatures and it’s only been up 4 days. I really really hope there’ll be a second season!
Couldn’t a smaller network do a second season?
Here’s hoping!

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