It’s pretty rare that a TV show that’s launched very late in the season becomes a success in the ratings. Could American Odyssey on NBC be an exception? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a second season instead?
On the American Odyssey TV show, an international cover-up explodes when the lives of a female Special Forces soldier, a disillusioned corporate lawyer, and a political activist from a privileged family unexpectedly collide. The cast includes Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, Jake Robinson, Jim True-Frost, Sadie Sink, Omar Ghazaoui, Nate Mooney, Elena Kampouris, Daniella Pineda, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Treat Williams.
The series debuted on April 4th to a 1.14 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.37 million total viewers. That was a very poor premiere but the ratings got much worse in week two, dropping more than 24%, to a 0.81 rating in the demo and 4.05 million.
The ratings for American Odyssey then plunged again in week three, falling to a 0.52 rating with 3.11 million. Last week’s episode held pretty steady in the demo but dropped another 10% in viewership.
Unless the numbers take a stunning change of course quickly, there’s little question that NBC will cancel this TV show. The ratings are just too terrible to justify a second season.
At this point, the real question is if the network will pull American Odyssey from the schedule before all of the remaining eight episodes have aired. They could go either way.
NBC cancelled and pulled low-rated Allegiance from the Thursday night schedule after five episodes but released the eight unaired installments online. Conversely, they let the remaining episodes of The Slap mini-series air. We’ll have to wait and see what they do.
But, what do you think? Do you like the American Odyssey TV show? Why is it performing so poorly? If you ran the network, would you cancel or renew this series for a second season?