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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.

 
  • Laura

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

  • Kelley

    Well, I’m well within the 18-49 range, at 23, and I happen to love the show…Then again, I am a married mother, maybe that means I don’t count…I really enjoy the show, though I was reluctant to watch it…The name sounded incredibly stupid to me, and I was planning on avoiding it completely. But, my husband was got called into surgery two fridays in a row, and I flipped to it, and now I’m hooked.

    Please renew this show, it’s great! Don’t let it go the way of crossing jordan (I liked that one too).

  • Kelley

    Well, I’m well within the 18-49 range, at 23, and I happen to love the show…Then again, I am a married mother, maybe that means I don’t count…I really enjoy the show, though I was reluctant to watch it…The name sounded incredibly stupid to me, and I was planning on avoiding it completely. But, my husband was got called into surgery two fridays in a row, and I flipped to it, and now I’m hooked.

    Please renew this show, it’s great! Don’t let it go the way of crossing jordan (I liked that one too).

  • Kelley

    Well, I’m well within the 18-49 range, at 23, and I happen to love the show…Then again, I am a married mother, maybe that means I don’t count…I really enjoy the show, though I was reluctant to watch it…The name sounded incredibly stupid to me, and I was planning on avoiding it completely. But, my husband was got called into surgery two fridays in a row, and I flipped to it, and now I’m hooked.

    Please renew this show, it’s great! Don’t let it go the way of crossing jordan (I liked that one too).

  • Melanie

    I love this show! I am 29 and in my opinion, this is the best show on TV!

  • Melanie

    I love this show! I am 29 and in my opinion, this is the best show on TV!

  • Melanie

    I love this show! I am 29 and in my opinion, this is the best show on TV!

  • Felecia

    I’m 24 and I love it! My mother (54) and I either watch it together or DVR it and catch up later (Friday nights are tough nights to predict whether you’ll be home). I’d be disappointed if it were taken off the air.

  • Felecia

    I’m 24 and I love it! My mother (54) and I either watch it together or DVR it and catch up later (Friday nights are tough nights to predict whether you’ll be home). I’d be disappointed if it were taken off the air.

  • Felecia

    I’m 24 and I love it! My mother (54) and I either watch it together or DVR it and catch up later (Friday nights are tough nights to predict whether you’ll be home). I’d be disappointed if it were taken off the air.

  • kemmi

    i love this show! and im 22! its one of the good shows on tv now.:)

  • kemmi

    i love this show! and im 22! its one of the good shows on tv now.:)

  • Brittany

    I love this show to death! It is my friday night highlight!!! And I am only 16 years old. So BRING BACK WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB!!! I can’t live without it, it is the best show on nowadays.

  • Brittany

    I love this show to death! It is my friday night highlight!!! And I am only 16 years old. So BRING BACK WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB!!! I can’t live without it, it is the best show on nowadays.

  • Brittany

    I love this show to death! It is my friday night highlight!!! And I am only 16 years old. So BRING BACK WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB!!! I can’t live without it, it is the best show on nowadays.

  • lam0210

    I love WMC and have been waiting anxiously for its return. Please do NOT cancel. A thought….the folks who watch are probably the ones that have read James Patterson’s books. I have them all and just couldn’t wait for this series.

  • lam0210

    I love WMC and have been waiting anxiously for its return. Please do NOT cancel. A thought….the folks who watch are probably the ones that have read James Patterson’s books. I have them all and just couldn’t wait for this series.

  • lam0210

    I love WMC and have been waiting anxiously for its return. Please do NOT cancel. A thought….the folks who watch are probably the ones that have read James Patterson’s books. I have them all and just couldn’t wait for this series.

  • Regina

    I love this show. I almost didn’t watch it first time because of the title, think that might keep some people from tuning in to give it a chance, but if you watch it once, you get hooked. I look forward to it every week and DVR it if not going to be home. Please don’t cancel.

  • Regina

    I love this show. I almost didn’t watch it first time because of the title, think that might keep some people from tuning in to give it a chance, but if you watch it once, you get hooked. I look forward to it every week and DVR it if not going to be home. Please don’t cancel.

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