Last year the Speechless TV show continued to slip down in the Nielsen ratings, but instead of being cancelled, it was renewed for a third season and moved to Friday nights. Is that the death knell for this family sitcom, or will being part of the Alphabet Network’s TGIF lineup reinvigorate it? Will Speechless be cancelled or renewed for season four? Stay tuned. **Status update below.
An ABC comedy, Speechless, stars Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kenedy, and Cedric Yarbrough. Maya DiMeo (Driver) is a no-nonsense mom who will do anything for her family: husband Jimmy (Bowie), brainy Ray (Mason Cook), athletic Dylan (Kyla Kennedy), and teenager JJ (Micah Fowler), who has cerebral palsy. The third season kicks off with the DiMeo family and JJ’s aide, Kenneth (Yarbrough) heading to London to meet up with Maya’s estranged father, Martin (John Cleese) to ask him for some help. This year, Maya also has to come to terms with how fast her kids are growing up.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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For comparisons: The second season of Speechless on ABC averaged a 1.13 rating in the 18-49 year old viewer demographic and a total audience of 4.333 million viewers.
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the Speechless TV series? Should it have been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on ABC?
**Status Update 5/10/2019: Speechless has been cancelled; there will be no season four. Details here.