What a bad, bad year that we’re looking at for ABC at this point. We said quite a while ago that “Lucky 7” and “Betrayal” were doing to be the two leading candidates to be canceled before the start of November sweeps, and we now stand by that more than ever before. The former series is already canceled, and we give the latter one more week before the network puts it out to pasture.
With a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic, ABC continues to prove that they have no idea what to do with this 10:00 p.m. Eastern timeslot on Sunday. We choose mostly to blame this on the “Pan Am” cancellation, mostly because that was at least a show that many people enjoyed watching, and was a step above the likes of “GCB,” “666 Park Avenue,” and “Red Widow.” However, the truth here is that the ratings for all of them have been poor, and there seems to be no counter the network can come up with to “Sunday Night Football” or “The Mentalist” over on CBS.
While “Once Upon a Time” seems to be steady at around a 2.5, “Revenge” this week did something that we expected for the premiere last week, as it fell below a 2.0 to a 1.9 rating. It’s a shame given that this season is somewhat better so far then last season, and the show’s two saving graces right now seem to be merely that the network will want to keep it for syndication purposes, and also that there are so many other things on the schedule that will be canceled first. “Nashville” is also struggling, and so is “Trophy Wife” on Tuesday nights. “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” has not even had a chance yet to test itself, but we don’t have high hopes given that the Thursday timeslot before “Grey’s Anatomy” has also been a problem for shows over the years.
Click here if you want to make yourself feel better by reading our review for “Revenge” last night. Sadly, we don’t imagine that things are going to get much better for this series in the near future.