ABC Cancels 'Zero Hour' After Three Episodes
ABC Cancels 'Zero Hour' After Three Episodes
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Much like Anthony Edwards' characters in Top Gun and ER, the actor's newest show, Zero Hour, is dead. After just three low-rated episodes, ABC has canceled the conspiracy theory drama.

For the next two weeks, reruns of Shark Tank will air Thursday at 8pm. Starting March 21, Wife Swap (the non-celebrity version) will take over until Wipeout begins its summer run on May 9.

Zero Hour premiered with just 6.38 million viewers, dropping 1 million for its second episode and getting just over 5 million for its third and final episode. That's well below what the canceled drama Last Resort was pulling in during the fall in the same time slot.

It's ABC's third failed drama for this TV season, joining 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort.It is also the network's sixth drama to fail in the Thursday at 8pm time slot in the past four years, joining Last Resort, Missing, Charlie's Angels, My Generation, The Deep End and Flashforward. The only thing that has shown any kind of life for ABC is professional time-slot filler Wipeout.

This current TV season is accumulating quite a large pile of casualties. Half of ABC's new shows have been canceled, with Nashville, The Neighbors and Malibu Country the only survivors so far (I'm ignoring The Taste, which seems destined for one-and-done status, and shows like mob drama Red Widow still left to premiere).

CBS and FOX  have also ended half their new shows so far. CBS axed Made in Jersey, Partners and The Job while Vegas, Elementary and the still-new Golden Boy are awaiting their fates. FOX has The Following and The Mindy Project still around while The Mob Doctor and Ben and Kate are dead.

Out of the CW's five new shows this year, one is canceled (Emily Owens, M.D.), one was already picked up for a second season (Arrow) and the other three are up in the air, though things are looking very bad for Cult and bad, but not quite as bad, for The Carrie Diaries.

NBC has had nine new premieres so far this season with Animal Practice and Do No Harm as the only casualties, though shows like Deception, Guys with Kids, 1600 Penn, The New Normal and Go On are in serious danger.

This is definitely a bad omen that 11 of the 30 new shows to premiere so far are already canceled as another dozen or so will probably be canceled once the season is over. But ABC could have it the worst with three dead dramas, with a possible fourth as I have major doubts about Red Widow's chances of survival. Mark my words, I may be writing this same article, only with Red Widow instead of Zero Hour, a month from now.

There are currently no plans to air the remaining episodes that were already filmed, though I think ABC should promote one day a week as Zombie Night this summer, burning off extra episodes of its canceled shows like Zero Hour as well as 666 Park Avenue (with four unaired episodes) and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (with eight unaired episodes).

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