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. tb says

    I loved the show! I was reminded of National Treasure and the Davinci Code but I absolutely did not see any commercials on this because I DVD everything since i work long hours and had to discover this show on my own. All presentations really need to give these shows a full season and post online like this to see what their customers want! So many if theseshowsshould have started on sci-fi because the shows,are given time to build a following. I’m frustrated by how fast my favorite shows are canceled!

    • Pockets says

      I love this show. Kept looking for it and find out it’s been cancelled. Why doesn’t ABC give its new shows a chance. Not pull it off the air. Goodness Gracious. Why not put Zero Hour in a time slot for the summer because all the other shows would be re runs. Then it should do fine.

  2. kowan says

    I alsoo enjoyed the show. It had a nice premise. Why does everything have to be about murder and mayhem to stay on the air.

  3. Sharon says

    We saw just enough to pull us right in and could not wait for the episode. I just think not enough people were aware of it. Shame on you for taking off a show we really enjoyed and now we will never know where the other clocks are.

  4. Margaret says

    I am tired of networks getting me interested in a series and leaving me without an ending. I tape the first few shows and only watch if it gets continued. If the networks won’t commit, why should I.

  5. vicki says

    WHY???? I love this show! I’ve been hooked since the first episode. It’s a show where people have to think. Maybe that’s the problem. Now you replace it with mindless, boring reality shows? BIG mistake ABC. I’ll be watching another network during that time slot. It wasn’t even given a fair chance. To cancel a quality show after 3 episodes? Riduculous! No wonder so many people are turning to cable for quality dramas. At least maybe I will be able to see a conclusion in the summer. And you wonder why people don’t invest in a new series…THIS is why! sad.

  6. Mikeey says

    You have got to be joking! This program is in the top 5 of all the shows that are excellant,and the network wants to cancel it! TOTALY INSANE111111

  7. Young says

    We have enjoyed watching Zero Hour, I hope you change your mind and keep it!!!! Ditch all of the reality shows, I’m don’t watch any of them because of the trash content.

  8. Arlene says

    Zero Hour is a great show. Love the twist and turns in the story line. please don’t cancel. I agree get rid of the reality shows.

  9. Justine Lorito says

    Liked the show and was just getting into it. There was a lack of advertising prior to the premiere. The show would have benefitted from advance notice due to odd seasonal timing. It’s amost as if the network didn’t care. I happened across the premiere episode by chance. At a time when mysteries, thrillers & paranormal series are so popular, this show should have been given a chance.

  10. Debbie says

    Please keep it. This is one show that my husband and I watch together and both of us really enjoy it.

  11. carole says

    It was getting very interesting–I liked it- bring it back- The powers that be are to quick to cancel due to rating numbers

  12. Lillian says

    Also love the show. At least show the rest of the episodes. Again give it time and don’t
    cancel the show!!!!!!!

  13. michael says

    I feel ABC needs to keep Zero Hour and follow through with other shows they put on. It seems that every show that I enjoy on ABC gets dropped for stupid reality tv shows like Wife Swap. ABC has dropped the soaps and good shows, such as Pushing Daisy’s. It makes me want to start watching FOX tv instead. Reality tv is ruining our younger generation and causing people to lose their values. ABC isn’t the only one guilty of this, it is all the major networks that run reality shows. People wonder why there is so much violence going on with our children, it is because of reality shows such as Jersey Shore and movies like Jackass. It makes them think that it is cool to act stupid.

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