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. Karin says

    Just BRING IT BACK. I want to finish watching the rest of the episodes. I guess I’ll have to go out and get Netflix if ABC doesn’t bring it back. I want resolution.

  2. Barbara Fredrick says

    The story line was just getting so interesting. Why pull it now? I hope that ABC will reconsider keeping this good drama program before they pull the plug on it.

  3. Dee says

    How can it not get good ratings ? EVERYONE I know watches this show and loves it. We all talk about it. Dang it we want resolution. Please play all the shows.

  4. Dee says

    Keep it keep it keep it. Best new show on tv with an actual story that moves along at a nive pace and keeps watchers very intrigued. Give people time. Everyone probably watches it on cable.

  5. ELLEN says

    DAMN. They didn’t even give it a chance. There are few alternatives to so called
    “reality” shows. Put it on Saturday night and let it grow a following.

  6. Christie says

    I loved that show now I’m just hanging from the last episode why is it every time there is a good show on that it has to be taken off I DVr the shows and watch it later because of being in school I watch all of my favorite shows on the weekend.

  7. C Hardin says

    I watch alot of my shows on demand the next day. Do they even know that people do actually watch these shows they cancel. This is the 2nd show this season that I got interested in and they cancelled. I also do not like the reality shows and the crazy family shows. Guess I will be reading also like Robert.

    • Christie says

      I agree 100percent with you on that I hate those stupid reality shows and the stupid half hour sitcoms. I love drama shows

  8. JL says

    Give Zero Hour a Break – Why do the Networks remove tv shows before they even find out how the viewers feel. Just like the tv show V – it was science fiction but it was great!!! My whole family loved it!!! and what did the Network do —- the Network took V off the air – I think the Networks should get serious and trust the viewers. Who is making the decisions for the Networks may be it’s time the Powers that Be at the Networks should themselves be cancelled – How would they feel about that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Kamper says

    I would like to know who ABC went to to get their opinions for the show to be rated so low.. Like the other who commented, we too were totally into this show and are bumbed out that it was cancelled!! were not a fan of the current reality programs either.. TV is getting to the point where we want to just turn it off- nothing interesting is ever on anymore..

  11. Shari Graber says

    I thoroughly enjoyed” Zero Hour” ! Found it entertaining, suspenseful, and imaginitive. The plot was well developed and challenged the viewer to think. The story line was well written and provided the audience a balanced blend of historical fact and fiction. And, more importantly, gave viewers like myself, a weekly television program to look forward to.

    I also agree with Leslie Germond’s and Linda Thomas’ comments in reference to reality shows. There are too many of them on the air. Most reality programs are not entertaining. Their individual themes range from boring to ridiculous. And I can think of a few reality shows that are just plain disgusting. If I want to view reality on television, I’ll turn on the Nightly News.

    So, if you are really serious about entertaining your viewers, bring Back “Zero Hour” and offer your viewers more programs that are imaginitive and creative.

  12. Robert Metzger says

    I was getting into it. I wanted to see where it was going. I’m sick and tired of not having any alternative to reality TV. I NEVER watch reality TV. So again, I will be reading at the eight o’clock time slot on Thursday nights, probably better for me anyway. They should have given it more of a chance. I can’t be the only one that wants an alternative to that insipid, inane, banal excuse for television that airs on CBS on Thursday at eight.

  13. Judy says

    I really looked forward to Zero Hour. I’m sorry you cancelled it. It was very full of suspense and was different than most new shows. Please reconsider and bring it back. Judy

  14. Linda Thomas says

    I agree with all the statements here! My son and I were really getting into Zero Hour. We found it interesting, it made us use our minds/imagination a little. So unlike all the other reality crap on tv. How can you yank it after only two episodes? You haven’t even given people a chance to find it, let alone decide if they like it. We were also a fan of Last Resort, that had great actors and an interesting story line. I’m tired of all the B.S. on tv now a days. TV programming is suppose to be entertaining, with a variety of things to watch, but anymore I just turn on music. Who wants to watch reality……I want a chance to get away from reality and be entertained!!! Please ABC, and all other stations start listening to your viewers.

  15. Leslie Germond says

    We thoroughly enjoyed Zero hour. It’s a shame that the show was not given a chance. So now they will put on terrible reality shows or more reruns. Like others had stated we looked forward to watching the show and wondered what twist the show would have each episode. Wake up ABC!

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