Rumors have been running rampant that Bionic Woman has been canned. The cancellation certainly wouldn’t come as a surprise considering the show’s ratings history but are the rumors true?
Bionic Woman, as you probably know, is a remake of the classic action series that starred Lindsey Wagner in the 1970s. This new version debuted on September 26, 2007 and attracted almost 14 million people. Though anticipation was high for the series, it apparently didn’t live up to viewer expectations as the ratings fell with each subsequent episode. The last episode to be shown attracted just six million.
Series production was shut down because of the ongoing writers strike and only eight episodes have been produced and aired. Based on the ratings and the high expense of the show, it would seem that Bionic Woman would be a natural for cancellation. For whatever reason, NBC isn’t ready to throw Jaime Sommers on the scrap heap just yet.
An NBC Universal Media Studios spokesperson told TV Guide, “Bionic Woman has not been canceled. Production was shut down due to the WGA strike. In addition, we have not completed the initial 13 episode order, which will be the first order of business when the strike ends.”
Does this mean that the show is safe? Hardly. When the writers strike does finally end, the network will have to take a hard look at their schedule and their options for filling it. If the show’s ratings continue to fall, NBC will have no choice but to cancel it. The network’s parent company produces the show so canceling Bionic Woman wouldn’t likely be as expensive as prematurely dumping a series produced by another studio
Could the series’ ratings fall be turned around? Highly unlikely. After a whole lot of Summer promotion, almost 14 million tuned in to see the premiere and, for whatever reason, most of them haven’t stuck around. It’s not that people haven’t discovered the show — they saw it and just decided that it wasn’t worth their time. Once viewers do that, it’s nearly impossible to get them back. Will Jaime beat the odds? Stay tuned!