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Zero Hour: When Will ABC Cancel Their New Series

zero hour canceled soon?Today’s ratings brought more bad news for ABC’s Zero Hour TV series. While there’s no doubt that ABC will cancel the show, the question remains, “When?”

For those who haven’t seen it, Zero Hour follows a paranormal magazine publisher (Anthony Edwards) whose wife suddenly disappears. While he and his associates try to find her, they start to uncover a bigger mystery and must save the world from an impending disaster. The cast also includes Scott Michael Foster, Addison Timlin, Jacinda Barrett, Carmen Ejogo, and Michael Nyqvist.

Following mixed reviews, Zero Hour debuted last week to an in-season premiere low for the network — a 1.4 demo rating with 6.38 million viewers. Last night, the numbers got worse.

Per the fast affiliate ratings, the second episode drew only a 1.1 rating with 5.32 million viewers — a decline of 17-21%.

A couple years ago, ABC pulled My Generation after two low-rated episodes. The network let other ratings disappointments — Last Resort and 2011’s Charlie’s Angels — run quite a bit longer.

It seems likely that ABC will pull Zero Hour either today or before next week’s airing. They could keep it on the air for a bit longer but that seems doubtful since they can get better numbers from reruns.

Whatever they choose to do with the timeslot, hopefully they’ll release the remaining episodes so viewers who like the series will get some kind of resolution to the story.

What do you think? Will ABC pull Zero Hour before next Thursday or let it run longer? Do you think they’ll let the whole season air on television? Release it online or drop it altogether?

 

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Bandit February 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm

DO NOT CANCEL!!

I love this show & shows like it. The show at least deserves a full season…. it’s got great potential…

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JOHNNY GLADDEN February 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm

THIS IS A GREAT SHOW. IT KEEPS YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT. WHY DO THEY ALWAYS CANCEL THE GOOD SHOWS. MY MOM WHO IS DISABLE AND IN A HOSPITAL BED EVEN LOVES THIS SHOW. WE SIT AROUND TOGETHER AND WATCH THIS AS A FAMILY INCLUDING MY 14 YEAR OLD VIDEO GAME BROTHER LIKES IT.
PLEASE DON’T CANCEL IT.

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Anne February 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I love the series.

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brendan o byrne February 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm

good show let it run its course ,better than all them other cop shows .

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Rich Bryant February 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I’am tired of the same old scenario of the closing scence, showing the kidnapped person in the rear window of a speeding car, while the bereaved watches from a locked gate…..TIRED

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John March 1, 2013 at 12:46 am

are you serious? after all the good things that happen in this TV serious and the action in it you pick on a Hollywood classic maneuver to build up suspense hence the read window of a speeding car kidnapping. Look beyond that, i simply love the story line.

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Ben February 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

Keep this show… Develop an audience by word of mouth; 2, 3, 4 episodes… You can’t judge a shows long term success in a handful of episodes. If they have a better show why not roll it out first. The networks are out of touch. Cable series are going to take over bcause they know how to advertise and market their shows. Good luck to any non- sitcom or non- reality show surviving. Roll out another song-dance-talent show, that’s not been overdone or anything. Or you can have another scripted “reality show.” Heaven forbid you give a new show a real shot at success. Zero Hour has promise. Last Resort was not the greatest but entertaining. Fox canceled Alcatraz before making it to a season finale. Don’t cancel this show!

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Bandit February 23, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Very well said, Ben.
I’ve grown sick & tired of the typical “(non) reality show”.
There are several cable shows better than network shows.
Maybe the networks could take a cue from cable network & run the show a couple more times a week during non-prime time so we can watch them later?

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Gary February 23, 2013 at 4:11 am

What the hell?! This is a good new show, but what is up with the sound track? I’ve been a sound engineer for 40 years, and this show sounds like teenagers, or really inexperienced people did the sound track. The music and background sounds are WAY to loud to hear the dialog well, and you have to really listen to hear what they’re saying. NOT good ABC!!

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Todd February 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Margaret’s comments were concise and spot on. Class B.

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Bill February 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I thought Zero Hour was a great show! Keep it and let it run.

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Mike February 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I really enjoy the show . I want to follow the program . This is the kind of program that should continue on Hulu or Netflix if T.V. Requires more viewers …sad that it doesn’t get time to catch on or the right format…

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SFseriesandMovies February 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I get your point Terry and I agree! Wholeheartedly!

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Margaret February 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Was really hoping this show would be good. Inane plot, insipid dialogue and poor acting.

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Pennysworth February 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm

It’s a cynical exercise this show. Driven by a perceived viewer checklist of attributes. The result is empty, cliche ridden bore. We haven’t been allowed to bond with the leads and don’t care what happens to them. It’s a dog. Put it down or fix it.

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terry February 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm

a great show finnally something new and differnt i love this show but as ussal they will cancle a good show im tired of all this csi crap csi hawii csi new york csi las vegas csi michigan csi maine csi washiton you get my point

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John J. Joex February 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm

NBC only gave Do No Harm two episodes before yanking it. Seems likely that ABC will pull Zero Hour soon (this week or next) even though it has done slightly better in the ratings than that NBC entry. What amazes me is that they scheduled it in the Thursday 8 PM EST timeslot to begin with. Last Resort already failed in that hour which is highly competitive and a bit more skewed to family viewing. Then they put Zero Hour there which appeals to much of the same audience as Last Resort. Their scheduling basically delivered Zero Hour DOA.

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