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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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Mike Mullins March 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Like most people these days I am sure I recorded it and just watched all 3 episodes this past weekend and Like it and was looking forward to the following episodes. Instead I believe I will quite wasting hour in my life I can never get back watching ABC/CBS and NBC only to find my are interests are of know concern to those over paid know it alls that make these decisions to conceal shows. I am making a personnel choice to not invest my time to watch these big bastards anymore. What percentages of us are ever asked what we watch; with the Internet cost would be negligible. So conceal any thought that I will watch your shows or commercial , HBO showtime rent CDs or just listen to the free radio good by big three.

PS
To all of our government elected officials thanks for doing your worthless jobs What happened if you are running for re-illection and no one comes to vote

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leo March 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm

keep it. I watch that.

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rod March 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm

abc should get away from the reality shows….the bachelor…..who the f wants to watch that shiot….

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rod March 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I can’t frickin believe abc …. this show is a very good topic and very real. one of best shows to have on and they want to cancel it…where did they get there numbers from? just getting in the good parts and dialogue. wtf

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Bruce March 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I love this show too! finally get something decent to watch and it gets pulled! That is the way it always goes i guess. All the “goober” shows get to stay on for years and years. If it dont work in that time slot MOVE IT! Dufus

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Vickie Briscoe March 4, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Please,please do not cancel Zerohour!!! Give it a chance! 3 episodes is not enough.I missed the first episode probably because of lack of advertising or not letting people know what the show was about. Everyone was was raving about it comparing it to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure. I watched the first episode on my computer and was hooked! Don’t make a mistake and cancel this show when it has the potential to be a ratings grabber if given the time!

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Barbara Garrison March 4, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I really enjoyed the 3 episodes that aired. Hope ABC finds a way to keep Zero Hour. ABC messed up daytime TV……..so I hope they get their act together and find a way to keep Zero Hour.

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Shana March 4, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Love the show. It’s on too early, move it back and give it a chance.

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Greg March 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I loved the show and cannot believe that ABC wouldn’t move it to another time slot and weekday. There are alot of other shows they can cancel instead or in place of Zero Hour. Not only is the acting superb, but is far better than most other shows on cable. I wonder if the people judging new series really have their thumb on the pulse of TV watchers. Makes me think I should cancel watching any ABC shows……

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tiger March 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm

keep the show, i am so tired of reality TV, a show with some content that could help those seeking spiritual truths, if not at least show the rest of the story in a book or something so went at least find out the ending that the writers created what an awesome group of minds..

thanks for your time,

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Beth Brocker March 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm

ABC you need to stand behind your new shows and give them a chance. I was surprised at the early time slot it seems like a 9 o’clock show might be part of the problem. I liked the show alot and it was certainly well acted and well written with Anthony Edwards and others doing a great job. Give it a chance! Any way what a shame to get an audience interested and than end it so soon disappointed with ABC.

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kim berry March 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I really like this show.It is different it has potential.Hope they don’t pull it

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Jenette Raymond March 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I like this show – it is well acted, well written, and interesting – unlike most of the c**p on regular TV. Maybe cable will pick it up – the best shows are on cable anyway. ABC, NBC, and CBS must cater to the brain dead. Give your new shows a chance!

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keseypa March 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

ABC Needs to GET a BACKBONE. Move the time slot, , let the show run its course…

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Derick March 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I already love the show, it’s unreal that ABC is going to pull it off the air. Just like Last Resort, the idiots making decisions have made another quick one. Success doesn’t come over night, and when we know that ABC cancels every new series, why watch? I guess I’ll quit watching ABC’s new shows too, and stick with characters and storylines that I know will be around for the duration.

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