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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.

 
  • http://www.merryclingen.com Merry

    Love Angie Harmon, but the writing is too PC for me.

  • http://www.merryclingen.com Merry

    Love Angie Harmon, but the writing is too PC for me.

  • http://www.merryclingen.com Merry

    Love Angie Harmon, but the writing is too PC for me.

  • http://www.merryclingen.com Merry

    Actually, I turned the show on a couple of times because I was interested in seeing Angie Harmon, and the subject matter of female sleuths attracted me.

    But I am sick to death of shows that have political axes to grind. What ever happened to good, agenda-free storytelling? If this is the best that the writers can do, they may as well stay on strike, and let the actors improvise.

    I would rather watch CBS on Friday nights, because Ghost Whisperer and Moonlight just tell the story and leave out the agendas.

  • http://www.merryclingen.com Merry

    Actually, I turned the show on a couple of times because I was interested in seeing Angie Harmon, and the subject matter of female sleuths attracted me.

    But I am sick to death of shows that have political axes to grind. What ever happened to good, agenda-free storytelling? If this is the best that the writers can do, they may as well stay on strike, and let the actors improvise.

    I would rather watch CBS on Friday nights, because Ghost Whisperer and Moonlight just tell the story and leave out the agendas.

  • Heather

    I love this show and would hate to see it cancelled. I don’t they have a good system in place to see who is exactly watching these shows. My whole family loves this show (ages range from 13 to 62). I think the studios cancel shows to early without giving them a proper chance to catch on.

  • Heather

    I love this show and would hate to see it cancelled. I don’t they have a good system in place to see who is exactly watching these shows. My whole family loves this show (ages range from 13 to 62). I think the studios cancel shows to early without giving them a proper chance to catch on.

  • Heather

    I love this show and would hate to see it cancelled. I don’t they have a good system in place to see who is exactly watching these shows. My whole family loves this show (ages range from 13 to 62). I think the studios cancel shows to early without giving them a proper chance to catch on.

  • jay turney

    Wow, somebody actually dared to say a TV show has political implications, and a few obviously benighted individuals were empowered to say, hmm, maybe? After years of seeing ” misdirected diatribes (!) from feminists saying this show or that show ( Ally McBeal, to name just one ) was somehow degrading to women, all I had to do was point out the obvious, and lo and behold the censors didn’t burn or throttle me! I not only stand by my diatribe, I plan on amplifying it in other forums. Law and order is a Nifong wetdream, and any competent defense lawyer can tell you why. As for misdirected, I did admit that the show will be renewed, and sheerly by profit motive ” should ” be. I thought the lack of taste and political feminazism of the show, and the entire female vigilante genre it represents, is a separate issue from its modest ratings success.

  • jay turney

    Wow, somebody actually dared to say a TV show has political implications, and a few obviously benighted individuals were empowered to say, hmm, maybe? After years of seeing ” misdirected diatribes (!) from feminists saying this show or that show ( Ally McBeal, to name just one ) was somehow degrading to women, all I had to do was point out the obvious, and lo and behold the censors didn’t burn or throttle me! I not only stand by my diatribe, I plan on amplifying it in other forums. Law and order is a Nifong wetdream, and any competent defense lawyer can tell you why. As for misdirected, I did admit that the show will be renewed, and sheerly by profit motive ” should ” be. I thought the lack of taste and political feminazism of the show, and the entire female vigilante genre it represents, is a separate issue from its modest ratings success.

  • Rena Moretti

    Once again, I don’t think political diatribes are acceptable in this forum. This is not a site about politics.

    If you want to complain about Hollywood Liberals being too Conservative (which is essentially what you’re doing) I am sure there are dozens of blogs out there for that.

    Somehow I think you have an axe to grind with Angie Harmon because she’s not a member of your preferred political party. Guess what? She does not write or produce the show.

    Speaking of the show: WMC is gathering a wide audience with nary a peep of advertising because it’s well-made, well-acted and tells interesting and fun stories. And they do get Police procedure pretty well… as well as you’d want for a show that doesn’t quote Law textbooks.

  • Rena Moretti

    Once again, I don’t think political diatribes are acceptable in this forum. This is not a site about politics.

    If you want to complain about Hollywood Liberals being too Conservative (which is essentially what you’re doing) I am sure there are dozens of blogs out there for that.

    Somehow I think you have an axe to grind with Angie Harmon because she’s not a member of your preferred political party. Guess what? She does not write or produce the show.

    Speaking of the show: WMC is gathering a wide audience with nary a peep of advertising because it’s well-made, well-acted and tells interesting and fun stories. And they do get Police procedure pretty well… as well as you’d want for a show that doesn’t quote Law textbooks.

  • Rena Moretti

    Once again, I don’t think political diatribes are acceptable in this forum. This is not a site about politics.

    If you want to complain about Hollywood Liberals being too Conservative (which is essentially what you’re doing) I am sure there are dozens of blogs out there for that.

    Somehow I think you have an axe to grind with Angie Harmon because she’s not a member of your preferred political party. Guess what? She does not write or produce the show.

    Speaking of the show: WMC is gathering a wide audience with nary a peep of advertising because it’s well-made, well-acted and tells interesting and fun stories. And they do get Police procedure pretty well… as well as you’d want for a show that doesn’t quote Law textbooks.

  • Erin

    I too LOVE this show! To be honest, CBS has played out CSI’s welcome. I enjoy the campiness of the show; yes some of the dialog is canned, but it is just a fictional TV show! It is meant to entertain! Why does everything have to become an argument with she short sighted and egomaniacs? I think that as someone who works with the darker side of humanity as were, that this is a refreshing take on the otherwise creepy and depressing side of those situations!!!!I agree with Rena and Heather

  • Erin

    I too LOVE this show! To be honest, CBS has played out CSI’s welcome. I enjoy the campiness of the show; yes some of the dialog is canned, but it is just a fictional TV show! It is meant to entertain! Why does everything have to become an argument with she short sighted and egomaniacs? I think that as someone who works with the darker side of humanity as were, that this is a refreshing take on the otherwise creepy and depressing side of those situations!!!!I agree with Rena and Heather

  • Erin

    I too LOVE this show! To be honest, CBS has played out CSI’s welcome. I enjoy the campiness of the show; yes some of the dialog is canned, but it is just a fictional TV show! It is meant to entertain! Why does everything have to become an argument with she short sighted and egomaniacs? I think that as someone who works with the darker side of humanity as were, that this is a refreshing take on the otherwise creepy and depressing side of those situations!!!!I agree with Rena and Heather

  • Rena Moretti

    Thanks Erin :)

    As for CBS wearing CSI’s welcome, it’s the usual pattern. CSI was the biggest recent hit because it was different and extremely well-made.

    Instead of using that formula to make more well-made shows with an interesting twist, the networks try to clone the one show that worked until the whole genre becomes bland and boring.

    Then they declare that the public’s taste has once again mysteriously changed, when in fact the public still hungers for quality.

  • Rena Moretti

    Thanks Erin :)

    As for CBS wearing CSI’s welcome, it’s the usual pattern. CSI was the biggest recent hit because it was different and extremely well-made.

    Instead of using that formula to make more well-made shows with an interesting twist, the networks try to clone the one show that worked until the whole genre becomes bland and boring.

    Then they declare that the public’s taste has once again mysteriously changed, when in fact the public still hungers for quality.

  • Laura

    I would like to say I was born in 1987 after 1975 AND I LOVE THIS SHOW SO there goes your theory

  • Laura

    I would like to say I was born in 1987 after 1975 AND I LOVE THIS SHOW SO there goes your theory

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