This was inevitable. After just two episodes, ABC has canceled the first new show of the Fall 2013 season: Lucky 7
. The show will be pulled from the schedule immediately and will be replaced on Tuesdays at 10pm with repeats of Scandal
(which premiered Thursday with its highest ratings ever).
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The Tuesday night drama about a group of lottery winners was easily the worst scripted debut of the season with just 4.43 million viewers. That was the lowest rating for a fall drama premiere in three years. The second episode took a nosedive, going down to 2.62 million viewers.
It also received a pitiful 0.7 rating in the important 18-49 demographic (that's the percentage of viewers that age who watched). That ties the all-time low for scripted drama not airing on Friday or Saturday from any of the four major networks. By comparison, FOX's Dads
had a 1.3 Tuesday night and ABC started the evening with a 3.3 from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In fact, in the 18-49 demo on Tuesday at 10pm, Lucky 7
's second episode actually tied Comedy Central's Brickleberry
and lost to Spike TV's Ink Master
Being the first new show to get canceled is a notorious distinction, but getting axed after two episodes isn't as rare as you may think in the modern age of network television. In the past four years, seven other shows were canceled after only airing twice.
They include CBS' legal drama Made in Jersey
and NBC's Jekyll and Hyde-inspired Do No Harm
last season, ABC's cross-dressing comedy Work It
, NBC sitcom The Paul Reiser Show
, FOX drama Lone Star
, ABC drama My Generation
and the CW's The Beautiful Life
. So every network has done it at least once in the past four years.In my pre-season predictions
, I listed Lucky 7
as one of my three potential first cancellations of the season. I also predicted
that The Blacklist
, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
, Sleepy Hollow
and The Crazy Ones
would be the biggest hits for the four major networks, which they were. So if my winning streak continues, FOX's Dads
and CBS' We Are Men
should look out (and the ratings indicate they do have something to worry about).
Congratulations, Lucky 7
, on joining Made in Jersey
, The Playboy Club
, Lone Star
, The Beautiful Life
and Do Not Disturb
on the list of first cancellations of the fall TV season.(Image courtesy of ABC)