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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  1. Bryan says

    What other shows did not get canceled before this show? Effing reality shows! The only thing abc has going for it is Modern Family. Why? It’s not a reality show for one. I am so glad I don’t pay for TV anymore. I would be p1ss3d if I was paying big bucks for TV and crap like this happened. Go Hulu!

  2. Ellen T says

    Love the show. Watched it religiously. Keep it. Get rid of the reality shows
    please don’t cancel it. Main actor was excellent. Really enjoyed following the action and where they were going

  3. D Burke says

    Love the show. Why did they only give it a few shows… if they have to cancel it at least give it an ending. Let the Sci Fi channel pick it up.

  4. cindy rodrick says

    Come on! How many times do we get hooked on a show and then they cancel!!! How do they know how many people watched this show? I tuned in, and no one asked me if I watched this show!!

  5. Judy Reynolds says

    And another thought… After reading the other posts, I have to agree with many of them. I, too, am quite sick and tired of all the reality shows. And it seems that the main problem here may be with the staff at ABC who makes the decision to keep or ax a show. Maybe some of the ABC staff should be “cancelled.”

  6. Judy Reynolds says

    PLEEEEEEASE… DON’T CANCEL ZERO HOUR! It has a fascinating plot, my family hasn’t missed an episode and has already set the DVR to record all the new episodes just in case we have to miss one! The actors have done an incredible job of making this script come to life. Tell ABC to give them some more time – even if they have to change the time slot!!!

  7. Karol McQuillan says

    Once again ABC gives up too soon on a high quality, thought provocing drama. It’s not fair to those of us involved in this greatly written mystery. Why do so much promotion and cast a beloved actor like Anthony Edwards only to cancel it. What kind of crap will you put on in it’s place. Let me guess; repeats of some cheaply made show. Boo to ABC!

  8. Patricia says

    WHy are you cancelling this, it is a great show, my husband and I are already hooked, it has a great premise and is fascinating and well acted. Please don’t take another show off that I have gotten invested in… come on ABC give them some more time!!!

  9. M S says

    I am so tired of all these silly reality shows,this had a good story line and kept my interest,give it more time!!!

  10. Janine Hodges says

    This show has a great concept and an awesome and missed actor in Anthony Edwards. It’s obvious Zero Hour has a following and should be given a chance. Now I know why I don’t watch ABC that often, they keep cancelling great shows. I was a fan of Last Resort also. As some of the previous comments suggested ABC should consider it may not be their shows but the people in charge of time slots and advertising.

  11. MaryB says

    I hope they do not cancel this show, I really enjoyed watching this one. I am so tired of all of the reality shows and I don’t understand why everything is geared for the 18 – 24 bracket, when older people buy and/or pay for the advertised products. It is time to leave some good entertaining shows on the air and get rid of some of the reality crap shows.

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