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Women's Murder Club: Renew or Cancel?

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April 30th, 2008

5/13 UPDATE: Women's Murder Club Has Been Cancelled

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April 30, 2008 Update: with lackluster performance in a new time slot following Dancing With the Stars, WMC seems to be trending towards "cancel". The original "renew by the slightest of margins" verdict reached last December now looks even slimmer. This may be one show that actually has a shot at performing better on Friday night. Here's the original post:

ABC's Women's Murder Club, Friday 9PM Eastern, has got both Angie Harmon and a San Francisco location [personal bias!] But it's been consigned to Friday nights, often thought of as a primetime Death Zone.

Even with that handicap it has pulled some respectable average viewer numbers, and so we ask: Renew or Cancel?

Women's Murder Club Ratings among New ABC Shows, All New Shows

Date Viewer Rank among New ABC shows Viewer Rank among all new shows
10/12 #2 of 7 #2 of 24
10/19 #4 of 8 #4 of 24
10/26 #4 of 8 #4 of 24
11/2 #3 of 6 #3 of 22
11/9 #2 of 5 #2 of 22
11/16 #3 of 7 #3 of 22
11/23 #3 of 6 #4 of 22
11/30 not aired not aired
12/7 #2 of 6 #2 of 19

Within a very strong ABC new show line up, Women's Murder Club ratings have been between second and fourth for both ABC new shows and all new shows in general.

Women's Murder Club ratings rankings are even more impressive considering its position on Friday, a relatively light viewer night overall.

How is it doing against its competition on Friday?

Women's Murder Club Ratings and Rankings @ 9PM Friday

Date Viewers (Rank) Adults 18-49 (Rank) Adults 18-34 (Rank) Adults 25-54 (Rank)
10/12 10.85m (1) 3.30m (1) 0.98m (2) 3.91m (1)
10/19 9.71m (1) 2.72m (3) 0.70m (4) 3.52m (2)
10/26* 8.70m (1) 2.45m (3) 0.75m (4) 3.09m (2)
11/2 9.60m (1) 2.58m (3) 0.64m (4) 3.47m (3)
11/9 9.60m (1) 2.62m (4) 0.80m (5) 3.35m (2)
11/16 8.91m (1) 2.38m (3) 0.75m (5) 3.11m (2)
11/23 7.58m (1) 2.03m (5) 0.60m (6) 2.62m (4)
11/30 not aired not aired not aired not aired
12/7 8.53m (1) 2.32m (1) 0.83m (3) 3.27m (2)

More than any other new show we've looked at, Women's Murder Club ratings show a radical skewing towards older, and I mean much older viewers.

It has won its timeslot in terms of average viewers each and every week, but except for its debut week and to an extent on 12/7, it has trailed badly in the youth age demographics. Case in point, on November 23, Women's Murder Club ratings for adults 18-34 in its timeslot were sixth.

After the post-debut dip, Women's Murder Club ratings have been reasonably stable and relatively high for average viewers for a Friday night, but nobody born since 1975 is watching the show.

(*10/26 data is Live, all other data is Live+SD, useful for rankings but not viewership trends).

Conclusions

Positives

  1. Women's Murder Club ratings have been near the top for all new shows since its debut and near the top for ABC, even more so after Samantha Who?'s post-Dancing swoon.
  2. Women's Murder Club ratings have won its timeslot for average viewers every single week it has aired.

Negatives

  1. Women's Murder Club ratings for adults 18-34 have been woeful, and 18-49 ratings have not been much better.

Verdict: Renew by the slimmest of margins.

Women's Murder Club ratings are a test of exactly how much ABC values young viewers. If it's renewed, not so much. If it's cancelled, plenty.

Strike Status: I have somewhat conflicting information, but I believe that as of today there are 1-2 fresh episodes left. I have no information on when they (it) will air.

Wondering about other shows? Check our all our Renew or Cancel? posts.

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Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2007 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Jodi

    I love this show, just as I loved the books. I really think that it shoud NOT be cancelled. I make it a point to be at home to watch it.

  • Jodi

    I love this show, just as I loved the books. I really think that it shoud NOT be cancelled. I make it a point to be at home to watch it.

  • Jodi

    I love this show, just as I loved the books. I really think that it shoud NOT be cancelled. I make it a point to be at home to watch it.

  • Barbara Wyman

    By Barbara Wyman on March 18,2008
    Why are we in an age war? The younger set, I am sure, on Friday nights are on their Ipods (not on any TV show). So, keep this populare show on Friday nights for the “other” age groups who actually watches it. I am waiting for the next series.

  • Barbara Wyman

    By Barbara Wyman on March 18,2008
    Why are we in an age war? The younger set, I am sure, on Friday nights are on their Ipods (not on any TV show). So, keep this populare show on Friday nights for the “other” age groups who actually watches it. I am waiting for the next series.

  • http://WomensMurderClub Barbara Wyman

    By Barbara Wyman on March 18,2008
    Why are we in an age war? The younger set, I am sure, on Friday nights are on their Ipods (not on any TV show). So, keep this populare show on Friday nights for the “other” age groups who actually watches it. I am waiting for the next series.

  • Nancy

    I heard that GERALD MCRANEY is joining the cast.
    I WILL watch it now. I LOVE that man!

  • Nancy

    I heard that GERALD MCRANEY is joining the cast.
    I WILL watch it now. I LOVE that man!

  • Nancy

    I heard that GERALD MCRANEY is joining the cast.
    I WILL watch it now. I LOVE that man!

  • Diana

    KEEP WMC, it is refreshing, cute, well acted, well written and all around VERY GOOD SHOW. One of the Very BEST on all of TV. Friday night is just another night, Just because some people have every weekend off, not all people do. Imagine: some people’s weekend might be Monday & Tuesday or Wednesday & Thursday. Go Figure, guess the Friday night thing is out. Age is out too, because I don’t think it’s teenagers who buy the TV sets and pay for the programing to watch TV. If The networks continue to take off all shows, that are enjoyed by, shall we call them the older generation, that generation will have no reason to continue to pay for programing, hence all ratings will drop. AGE GROUPS in our house are 21 to 57, there’s 6 of us, everyone watches WMC.
    KEEP Women’s Murder Club!

  • Diana

    KEEP WMC, it is refreshing, cute, well acted, well written and all around VERY GOOD SHOW. One of the Very BEST on all of TV. Friday night is just another night, Just because some people have every weekend off, not all people do. Imagine: some people’s weekend might be Monday & Tuesday or Wednesday & Thursday. Go Figure, guess the Friday night thing is out. Age is out too, because I don’t think it’s teenagers who buy the TV sets and pay for the programing to watch TV. If The networks continue to take off all shows, that are enjoyed by, shall we call them the older generation, that generation will have no reason to continue to pay for programing, hence all ratings will drop. AGE GROUPS in our house are 21 to 57, there’s 6 of us, everyone watches WMC.
    KEEP Women’s Murder Club!

  • Diana

    KEEP WMC, it is refreshing, cute, well acted, well written and all around VERY GOOD SHOW. One of the Very BEST on all of TV. Friday night is just another night, Just because some people have every weekend off, not all people do. Imagine: some people’s weekend might be Monday & Tuesday or Wednesday & Thursday. Go Figure, guess the Friday night thing is out. Age is out too, because I don’t think it’s teenagers who buy the TV sets and pay for the programing to watch TV. If The networks continue to take off all shows, that are enjoyed by, shall we call them the older generation, that generation will have no reason to continue to pay for programing, hence all ratings will drop. AGE GROUPS in our house are 21 to 57, there’s 6 of us, everyone watches WMC.
    KEEP Women’s Murder Club!

  • Julia Jones

    Most 18-30 year olds who are not married tend to be out of the house on Friday evenings – thus, it is not a surprise that it is not popular amongst this age group – they are not present to watch it.I enjoy this show, but feel that it should be aired on a better night, and I agree that it needs to have better advertising – I doubt many have even heard of it!

  • Julia Jones

    Most 18-30 year olds who are not married tend to be out of the house on Friday evenings – thus, it is not a surprise that it is not popular amongst this age group – they are not present to watch it.I enjoy this show, but feel that it should be aired on a better night, and I agree that it needs to have better advertising – I doubt many have even heard of it!

  • Julia Jones

    Most 18-30 year olds who are not married tend to be out of the house on Friday evenings – thus, it is not a surprise that it is not popular amongst this age group – they are not present to watch it.I enjoy this show, but feel that it should be aired on a better night, and I agree that it needs to have better advertising – I doubt many have even heard of it!

  • mara162

    isn’t it funny how most people who complain about this show are males? is it just because it has a strong female cast? I’m 23 and i LOVE this show. My friend who’s also 23 loves this show. I really hope they give this show the chance it deserves. Maybe they should try this thing that some companies do called promotion!

  • mara162

    isn’t it funny how most people who complain about this show are males? is it just because it has a strong female cast? I’m 23 and i LOVE this show. My friend who’s also 23 loves this show. I really hope they give this show the chance it deserves. Maybe they should try this thing that some companies do called promotion!

  • http://www.yahoo.com nicole eVr 1

    maaan! im 13 years old!!! i live in the philippines and they show WMC here,(oh,and dont worry..my mind is like a 30 yr.old’s)and i totally love the show cause angie harmon makes it so interesting to watch! g0d! please please DO NOT cancel the SHOW!!!!!!!!!!! i’ll need a straight jacket if you do!please! dont cancel!!!!!! cause i really really love this show!!!???

  • http://www.yahoo.com nicole eVr 1

    maaan! im 13 years old!!! i live in the philippines and they show WMC here,(oh,and dont worry..my mind is like a 30 yr.old’s)and i totally love the show cause angie harmon makes it so interesting to watch! g0d! please please DO NOT cancel the SHOW!!!!!!!!!!! i’ll need a straight jacket if you do!please! dont cancel!!!!!! cause i really really love this show!!!???

  • http://www.yahoo.com nicole eVr 1

    maaan! im 13 years old!!! i live in the philippines and they show WMC here,(oh,and dont worry..my mind is like a 30 yr.old’s)and i totally love the show cause angie harmon makes it so interesting to watch! g0d! please please DO NOT cancel the SHOW!!!!!!!!!!! i’ll need a straight jacket if you do!please! dont cancel!!!!!! cause i really really love this show!!!???

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