It looks like the 1970s are over — again. Paramount Network has cancelled their period dramedy, American Woman, after one season of 11 episodes. The now defacto series finale aired in August.
Based on the childhood of Kyle Richards, American Woman stars Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Bartels, Makenna James, Lia McHugh, Cheyenne Jackson, James Tupper, Diandra Lyle, Tobias Jelinek, Jonathan Chase, and Sam Morgan. The series centers on Bonnie Nolan (Silverstone), a single mother of two daughters. Second-wave feminism is on the rise, and the sexual revolution is in full force, when the heroine discovers her husband, Steve (Tupper), is having an affair. Now, Bonnie has to figure out how to make it on her own, with a little help from her friends, Diana (Bartels) and Kathleen (Suvari).
American Woman debuted on June 7th and drew a 0.21 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 595,000 viewers. It seemed like that was a mediocre launch for the newbie network. Earlier in the year, Waco had launched with a 0.38 demo and 1.11 million viewers but the season ended up averaging a 0.29 with 840,000.
The second episode of American Woman saw a big drop off in the ratings, falling more than 52% in the demo. The numbers continued to dwindle downward with the final episode attracting a 0.06 demo and 326,000. In contrast, Paramount’s Yellowstone drama, which also aired during the summer months, averaged a 0.38 demo and 2.24 million.
The channel isn’t getting out of the dramedy business however. It’s been announced that the sixth season of TV Land’s Younger series will move to Paramount. It will begin airing in January alongside new series First Wives Club and the newly ordered Emily in Paris (from Younger’s Darren Star).
What do you think? Did you enjoy watching the American Woman TV show? Are you sorry that there won’t be a second season? Why do you think this show didn’t catch on?