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V: Is the ABC Series Already Doomed to be Cancelled?

V tv showThough the television networks don’t seem to notice, remakes of old series rarely meet with much success. While shows like Bionic Woman, Knight Rider, and Melrose Place bring name recognition, they rarely live up to expectations. Still, ABC moved ahead with their plans to revive V. Though it was initially successful, will it ultimately meet the same fate?

Like the original, the new V revolves around the arrival of aliens to the planet Earth. While the visitors profess that they’ve come in peace, their ulterior motives slowly become clear. The cast includes Elizabeth Mitchell, Morena Baccarin, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Lourdes Benedicto, Laura Vandervoort, and Scott Wolf.

The new V started out strong with a 5.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 14.3 million total viewers. That was the highest rated debut of the 2009-10 season.

Unfortunately, a large percentage of those viewers didn’t return for the second week. Episode two brought in a 3.8 rating and 10.7 million.

Week three dropped yet again, to a 3.1 in the demo and 9.26 million viewers. Last week, the numbers evened off and episode four attracted a third place 3.1 rating for 18-49 viewers and a total viewership of 9.2 million. While those numbers are pretty good on their own, they do represent a 40% drop in the demo when compared to the premiere.

Will the long hiatus kill the new V?

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If the ratings held steady, the series would likely be headed for a second season. Unfortunately, in part due to backstage problems, ABC has made the risky decision to split up the season into two parts. The first group of V episodes has finished airing and now, the series isn’t expected to return until after the Winter Olympics in March 2010.

If recent viewership trends have taught us anything, they’ve shown that long breaks can be disastrous for a serial drama’s ratings. People naturally become interested in other shows and any momentum is lost. What’s more, because storylines are ongoing and complicated, few new people feel inclined to start watching midseason.

Shows like Lost and Heroes saw significant drops in viewership when they took long midseason breaks. They both had very strong ratings and a lot of buzz going into their respective hiatuses. Fortunately, enough viewers returned to keep them on the air.

TV show supportThe new V doesn’t have nearly as much viewer buzz and can’t afford to lose many more viewers. If a high percentage of people don’t return to watch the second half of the season, V won’t survive and will be cancelled.

What do you think? Are you anxiously awaiting the show’s return? Will the hiatus kill the new V and cause its cancellation?

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mili June 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

bring this show back it is great and awesome !


Anonymous April 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm

i really like this tv show they should bring it back


bill February 6, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I loved this show. Would love to see it return. Just as we find out about Project Ares and Amy it gets cancelled. Criminal.


Mare February 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Please bring V back soon!


Wendy December 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Bring back!!! I cannot believe that this series is being cancelled!!!


scott December 15, 2011 at 2:26 am

Bring V back on!!!! It’s a great show. Finish what you start ABC!!


Janet December 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I would have watched it if I would have known when it was on. It did not get good advertising, and I can see why. Evil beings are roaming the planet. Besides I didn’t find this boring at all I don’t believe the ratings.


Tom November 10, 2011 at 10:45 am

I cant beleive their going to cancel, they cant do that to us, they have to finish the story by making series 3!


dave k October 17, 2011 at 9:17 am

Waiting anxiously for return of V. Very disappointed to hear of cancelling possibilities.
Like previous post, tired of miriad of detective and reality shows. Give us at least one good sci-fi drama. Give us back “V”!


Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm

bring V back us sci-fy fans deserve one show , one can only handle so many cooking or singing and dancing competitions come on throw us a bone


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