ABC had terrible luck with its freshman dramas this season — No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7, The Whole Truth, and My Generation were all cancelled. That was good news for mid-season replacement Body of Proof though and the TV series has now been renewed for a second season.
Body of Proof revolves around Doctor Megan Hunt (Dana Delany), a top medical examiner whose career as a neurosurgeon was cut short by a car accident. She works with a talented team of examiners and officers who solve murders in the Philadelphia area. The cast also includes Geoffrey Arend, Jeri Ryan, John Carroll Lynch, Nicholas Bishop, Sonja Sohn, and Windell Middlebrooks.
Debuting very late in the season, on March 29th, the premiere of Body of Proof attracted a 3.1 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic and 13.94 million viewers. The demo number’s not great but overall viewership is very strong, an indication that the series skews older and is a good match for Dancing with the Stars.
ABC aired the second episode on the following Sunday, likely to try to entice viewers who remember Delany from her Desperate Housewives days to give it a try. Most weren’t interested and it scored only a 2.0 demo rating and 8.94 million.
The following Tuesday, episode three attracted a 2.4 rating and 11.15 million viewers, a loss of 23% in the demo when compared to the premiere. Subsequent episodes have fallen down to a 2.0 rating. The overall viewership has remained strong however, still pulling in 11 million viewers.
Though the demo ratings are not very good and have been declining, ABC has decided to give Body of Proof a second chance — and more importantly, a second season. Hopefully the demo numbers will perk up in season two. If not, it’s very possible there won’t be a third season.
For now, there are four episodes left in the first season and they’ll be spread out over the next five weeks. One episode airs next week, two will air on May 31st and then the finale is set for June 14th.
What do you think? Are you glad that Body of Proof has been renewed for season two? What could be done to get more people to watch, particularly in the 18-49 demo?
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