To little surprise, it looks like FOX is pulling the plug on Red Band Society. The Wednesday night drama will be dropped from the schedule in December and production will be shut down after the initial 13 episodes have been completed.
A dramedy, Red Band Society revolves around the young patients and caretakers of the pediatric ward of the renowned Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles. The cast includes Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Griffin Gluck, Nolan Sotillo, Charlie Rowe, Astro, Zoe Levin, Ciara Bravo, Mandy Moore, and Rebecca Rittenhouse.
The show debuted in mid-September to a disappointing 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.1 million viewers. The second week saw the numbers drop more than 15%. A decline of that size isn’t unusual for a second week but Red Band Society didn’t have any points to spare.
The ratings have continued to decline and the show has been drawing a 0.9 demo rating with about 2.8 million viewers. Had the rest of FOX’s schedule been in better shape, Red Band Society would have been pulled even sooner.
This evening’s episode is the ninth installment and will surely hit a new low in the ratings, thanks to tomorrow’s holiday. Next Wednesday’s episode is the last one that FOX has scheduled. it’s unclear if or when the remaining three installments will see the light of day.
Production will continue into mid-December so hopefully the writers will have time to give the series some closure before the end. While the series hasn’t been officially cancelled, it’s difficult to imagine that it could possibly be revived for a second season with such poor ratings.
What do you think? Do you like the Red Band Society TV show? Do you think it should be cancelled? Would you keep watching?