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Zero Hour: New ABC Series; Cancel or Keep It?

Zero Hour cancel or keep?Last week, ABC unveiled Zero Hour, their newest Thursday night TV show. Will this one be quickly cancelled like Last Resort or will it become a long-running hit like Grey’s Anatomy? Cancel or keep it?

On Zero Hour, the publisher of a myth/conspiracy magazine searches for his missing wife and becomes pulled into a compelling mystery that has world-wide implications and goes back centuries. The series features the talents of Anthony Edwards, Addison Timlin, Carmen Ejogo, Dylan Baker, Jacinda Barrett, Michael Nyqvist, and Scott Michael Foster.

The debut of Zero Hour drew a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.38 million total viewers. It was in a distant third place in its timeslot and was the worst regular season premiere that ABC has ever had. Ouch.

Of course, trouble in this timeslot is nothing new for ABC.

In 2010, they tried My Generation. This ensemble drama debuted to just a 1.6 demo rating and was pulled off the air in two weeks.

In 2011, the new Charlie’s Angels debuted in the same timeslot to a 2.1 demo rating. It was cancelled within weeks and production was shut down. ABC aired seven of eight produced episodes.

This past September, Last Resort premiered to a 2.2 in the demo and the numbers quickly tumbled in the ensuing weeks. The show was cancelled but the cast and crew were able to wrap things up by episode 13.

So, unless the ratings for Zero Hour quickly climb, it seems this show is doomed to be quickly canned as well. A second season seems out of the question but hopefully the alphabet network will at least release all 13 installments.

But, what do you think? Do you like Zero Hour? Should ABC stick with it or pull it off the air already? Cancel or keep it?

 

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Karen August 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Just saw the final 4 episodes that they brought back and it was great! I loved it. Please being it back. It has potential for some interesting story lines.

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jr May 13, 2013 at 2:55 am

How does one expect shows introduced in the middle of the year to become instantly integrated into people’s TV viewing habits? I had trouble remembering when it was on and had to watch it online. A very good storyline and smartly written show so of course take it off the air because whoever is voting or providing the ratings info prefers the absurdly ridiculous reality type shows that unbelievably are still going. I wonder if Once Upon A Time had to debut like this, would it still be going? Didn’t Zero Hour air when many shows were on mid-season break or March madness or whatever disrupts a so called schedule these days? Plus Zero Hour isn’t focused on sex or sexploits, another strike against it. The least ABC could do is let us know how the story was to play out and give us some closure.

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Angie May 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I loved the show and recommended to a number of friends who also started watching it. Please bring it back.

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