The Whole Truth: ABC TV Show Cancelled, No Season Two

Whole TruthCourt will soon be adjourned for ABC’s new legal drama. The Whole Truth has been cancelled.

Airing on Wednesday nights, The Whole Truth stars TV veterans Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney. He plays a powerful defense attorney who was raised on the wrong side of the tracks. Tierney is on the opposite side as a Senior Trial Assistant District Attorney whose father was a sheriff. Viewers are shown how each side builds their case, using their own version of “the truth.” The rest of the cast includes Eamonn Walker, Sean Wing, Anthony Ruivivar, and Christine Adams.

For whatever reason, most viewers haven’t been willing to even give the series a try. The legal drama got off to a very poor start right out of the gate. Whole Truth debuted on September 22th to a poor 1. 5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.85 million viewers. The news got even worse in week two and the rating dropped by 20%. The last two episodes seem to have evened off, registering a 1.3 rating and about 4.4 million total viewers.

The Whole Truth’s been ABC’s lowest rated show, attracting an even lower rating than My Generation; another freshman drama that was pulled after just two episodes. Likely because of the caliber of the show’s cast and because it’s being co-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer’s company, ABC has been more patient with it. That doesn’t mean however that they’re going to order any more episodes. ABC has now cancelled The Whole Truth.

Via Twitter, co-executive producer KristieAnne Reed confirmed that the cast and crew will complete the initial 13 episode order but that will be the end. At this point, it’s unclear how many of those will actually air.

TV show supportWhole Truth remains on the schedule this week but will be preempted next week for the In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville interview special. On November 10th, ABC airs the Country Music Awards. Whole Truth is tentatively scheduled to return after that but those plans could certainly change.

Though Whole Truth has been cancelled, there is some positive news for fans of the show. With the news of the cancellation coming this far in advance, producers have time to give the series some closure. The cast and crew are still shooting and are scheduled to continue until mid-December.

What do you think? Should The Whole Truth have been cancelled? Why do you think it didn’t catch on?

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  1. Terry says

    Has TV changed? Seems like shows are not given a chance. Also, seemed like there were WAY MORE new shows his last year and some must have been lost in the crowd. The Whole Truth was good, did they try to switch slots or nights? Do they attempt to sell show to a cable channel? I just don’t get it. Ever since Joan of Arcadia was cancelled, Ihave been dumb founded by TV’s choices. Is it just me?

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  3. sue says

    I really liked this show, fresh and interesting. ABC did not really give this show a chance. I hope they air the remaining episodes, at least.

  4. Anonymous says

    I really ennjoyed this show, canceling the show takes a good quality show for thoes of us tired of the poor quailty programing. No reason to cancel

  5. says

    The answer is NO ! This series SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.It was a really good show with a different take on the legal process.It’s sad that a show of this quality was cancelled while there are shows out there that should have been cancelled instead.I’m very DISAPPOINTED.

  6. Jane Anne says

    I kept looking for it to return after the holidays, so I thought I’d check on line to see what was up. I can’t believe that The Whole Truth is cancelled. It was one of my favorites this year. My sister-in-law really liked it, too. I was telling everyone that this is one show that needed to be seen. I believe that another try should be given and give it some time for audiences to pick up on it. I just can’t believe it.

  7. karen says

    OMG — this was the BEST new show on TV — why don’t they try a different nite –they both were great, chemistry, etc — it gave you something to think about — instead of usual mush — both rob /maura were great — but i could see them expanding to other
    da’s/lawyers…. what a wonderful show….PLEASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSE put it back on

  8. heather says

    I loved this show and taped it every Wednesday and then watched it after work when I didn’t have to get up early the next day. It was one of the better shows on tv. They should put it back on the air but change the time slot. 11pm on a weeknight is too late to watch shows for most people who work early the next morning and I am one of them that’s why I tape it and watch it plus I don’t have to watch the commercials.

  9. Michelle Cassidy says

    I loved the show but it took me a couple of weeks to watch it since it came out when there was so much other stuff! Once I watched the first episode, I was hooked and have anxiously been waiting for more! I am so sad that it won’t continue. I am also so sick of reality programs and it is such a shame to have this pulled but total CRAP like “I’m a Celebrity – Get me out of here!” and other shows similar to that get so much air time. I absolutely LOVED Maura Tierney in this show (even with the short hair!) Too bad.

  10. Coach Bluey says

    This a travesty! I thought Rob Morrow was better cast here than in Numbers. I enjoyed this show and miss it!

  11. Becky says

    My husband and I enjoyed this show every week. It quickly became one of our favorites. Loved the actors, enjoyed the fast pace, and thought the ending of each show (what really happened) was quite unique. I’m sick of reality programs also. Maybe the reason people didn’t get into it is because there are so many lawyer programs now and it wasn’t given a chance, but it was the best.

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