ABC has sandwiched their new Speechless TV show between two well-established sitcoms, The Goldbergs and Modern Family, on the network’s strongest night of comedies. How’s it been performing in the ratings? Is this series worth watching? Cancel or keep it?
On Speechless, Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) is a no-nonsense mom who will do anything for her loved ones and fights injustices — both real and imagined. The family includes husband Jimmy (John Ross Bowie), brainy Ray (Mason Cook), athletic Dylan (Kyla Kennedy), and teenager JJ (Micah Fowler), who has cerebral palsy. Moving to an upscale school district, Maya’s searching for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.” Could the school’s groundskeeper, Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough), be the person to do that?
The ABC series launched on September 21st and averaged a 2.03 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.38 million viewers. It was a positive start in the ratings for the family comedy. The second episode dropped about 11%, a reasonable amount.
The numbers have dwindled downward but the numbers have remained fairly healthy. To date, the first season of Speechless is averaging a 1.69 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.81 million viewers. It’s ABC’s highest-rated new series in the demo and currently ranks fourth out of 19 scripted series.
If the series can maintain numbers like these, Speechless will surely be renewed for a second season. In late September, ABC gave Speechless a full season order and this month, they ordered an additional installment. That brings the first season tally to 23 episodes.
But, what do you think? Do you like the Speechless TV show on ABC? Will you keep watching? Cancel or keep it?