V: Producer Says ABC Series Has Chance for Season Three

VOne of the producers of the new V thinks there’s still a chance that TV show will be renewed for season three. On the show’s official Facebook page, Steve Pearlman wrote: “Despite what you read online, the ratings for V have been OK and the show has a chance of being renewed for a third season.” Is that really true?

For season one, V ended up averaging a 2.25 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic and 5.7 million average viewers. It was “on the bubble” but ended up being renewed for season two. ABC has a history of taking a chance on struggling freshman shows and decided to bet on this one over lower-rated FlashForward. Sometimes the network’s gambling pays off (Castle) but usually, it doesn’t (Samantha Who?, Better Off Ted, October Road, etc.).

After ABC ordered 13 episodes for season two, the network cut it back to 10 installments. That’s not a good sign but ABC execs supposedly felt they just wouldn’t need as many episodes because of the bevy of original programming they already have. Lots of this season’s new and returning shows haven’t even premiered yet because there’s no room on the schedule.

So far this season, V has been pretty consistent and has averaged a 2.0 in the demo and 6.02 million viewers. While that’s an increase in total viewers, that’s a drop in the key demo which is what really counts. V is currently the second-lowest rated scripted show on the network, just above Detroit 1-8-7 and just below No Ordinary Family.

So, Pearlman is indeed correct that a third season is still possible but, unless the ratings improve, it seems unlikely. ABC gave the series a chance last time and the risk hasn’t paid off for them so far. The ratings have dropped, not improved. If they’re going to take a gamble on a struggling show for next season it would make more sense to try another one.

What do you think? Will the V ratings improve? Will ABC give the series another chance — season three — or will it be cancelled?

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  1. Kyle says

    I’m so sad it got cancelled. I watched it every week and only missed one episode its entire run on TV. ABC is down-right bullheaded for not renewing it. I think it’s best option would be on the SyFy network. After all, it is a science fiction program.

  2. Linda K says

    “V” is one the best TV shows I have ever seen. We cant let Anna win. If ABC can’t/wont pick it up….. “Sci-fi” Please bring “V” back to life. It will be worth your wild. You’ll see. :)

  3. jose says

    I remember watching the original V in the eighties and this one is soo much better. The storyline and the characters are great. I hope they decide to bring it back, if they do when would it be?

  4. Linda says

    What a disapointment it is to get involved in a show like V and have it cut short. Please continue this show for another season. My 16 year old son and I acually watch this show together. We both look forward to the show each week. Mom and son time is rare at his age. I’ll take what I can get!

  5. Ramirez says

    Well, TV execs that dont know a damn thing about creating a following but are worried about immediate returns. Sounds like these execs also have stock in the company and run the company accordingly. Sorry America, expect more of these type of shows to come and go but have an obscene amount of “reality” shows.

  6. Antonio says

    The network system fails again by being greedy, shortsighted, and out-of-touch with how people really watch programming these days. Running home to watch any show in its particular timeslot is so 20th century! Sci-Fi watchers who would enjoy a program like V are not couch potatoes, by and large. They want it when they want it, not when ABC wants to put it on. So how did the network handle this? They removed the show from their website, so you could only watch season 2 on the day of broadcast. Fortunately, there were plenty of European and UK websites to choose from for catching up.

    So, if you removed a show from your website so that there could be a DVD after-market, (presumably), then how do you NOT create a third and final season without rendering DVDs of season 1 and 2 completely worthless — a story with no ending?

    Just think what some people get paid for being this stupid!

  7. Shellie says

    Please bring back V!!! I watched the show when I was a kid and now that you have revamped it I can’t get enough!! I even went as far as to buy the show from the 80’s and now I will purchase these ones!! Just please bring it back!!

  8. gloria torrano says

    Please bring back “V”.I enjoyed the original version of V ,long time ago,and this second version more modern and more thrilling make us hook to the tv every week.

  9. robin says

    Please save V! Don’t cancel it now…..we are hanging on to the edge of our seats for the 3rd series.
    ABC, shame on you if you cancel.

  10. Russ says

    The problem is The Network System. With 5 milllion viewers an episode of V costs $1.5 million/5million = 30 cents per episode per viewer to produce. So make V Season 3 and market it direct to viewers via the Internet! At 59 cents per episode the producers would double their money and V fans would be ecstatic. As long as the networks cling the the 1950’s advertising system to pay for shows, lots more great shows like V, or The Event will get cancelled.

  11. nagrom says

    Yes indeed bring a 3rd lot of V, as i have just finnished watching S2. What is it with people making TV eppys and letting peole get hooked into them, then tell us there may not be a 3rd…

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