There is one thing that we have learned about ABC Family over the years, and it is that they have basically zero problem canceling any of their shows. What’s the reason for that? We feel like that they almost have a broadcast mentality in that if something is not a hit for them right away, it probably will not be.
In a way, maybe that is true for them given they they need young audiences to be hooked, since they will all eventually wither away and go to other things. It is different than a network like AMC, which has an already-mature audience watching and who will be willing to go on Netflix to find some of the shows that they enjoy and watch live later.
Last year, the big ABC Family cancellation was “Bunheads,” which had a devoted following and even some critical acclaim for it thanks to star Sutton Foster. This year, that show is “Twisted.” It has a very shocking premise to begin with, and the ratings throughout its first season just were not at the level needed for it to survive. With all this being said, this show, like “Bunheads,” had its own loyal following who would have done anything to see the show survive.
At the end of the day, the one bit of advice we’d give you before tuning into an ABC Family show is to be well aware of what you’re getting yourself into, and not to get too attached. While they do occasionally find his, few of their shows last longer than just a handful of seasons. You know this when “Pretty Little Liars” is one of their longest-running hits already.
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