Much like Anthony Edwards' characters in Top Gun
, 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 Resor
t 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
, Charlie's Angels
, My Generation
, The Deep End
. 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
and The Job
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
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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