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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.

 
  • 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.

  • Rena Moretti

    The title is the main problem with this show. It may have worked as a book series title, but I think it forces ABC to promote it in spite of it. And ABC is not really putting its weight behind it (not unlike most other networks who seem to have an uncanny ability to put their weight behind DOA ratings losers like Bionic Woman).

  • Rena Moretti

    The title is the main problem with this show. It may have worked as a book series title, but I think it forces ABC to promote it in spite of it. And ABC is not really putting its weight behind it (not unlike most other networks who seem to have an uncanny ability to put their weight behind DOA ratings losers like Bionic Woman).

  • Morgan Ward

    I’m absolutely in love with this show! I even booked friday nights off work so I could watch it!

  • Morgan Ward

    I’m absolutely in love with this show! I even booked friday nights off work so I could watch it!

  • jazz

    Ilove the womens murder club .I want the next eoisode. I cant wait hurry up

  • jazz

    Ilove the womens murder club .I want the next eoisode. I cant wait hurry up

  • Elaine Kirby

    I think the strength of this show is the 4 intelligent, strong women that don’t complete with each other but support each other. There are lots of crime dramas but this one is unusual and I hope they don’t cancel it.

  • Elaine Kirby

    I think the strength of this show is the 4 intelligent, strong women that don’t complete with each other but support each other. There are lots of crime dramas but this one is unusual and I hope they don’t cancel it.

  • Gwen

    I have to say that this is one of the best shows on T.V. any night. Every Friday night my 15 & 16 yr old neices come over so that they can watch it with me. I also record it so that my 9 yr old daughter can watch it later. Yes, all of their b-days are after 1975! We all hope that they don’t cancel this show.

  • Gwen

    I have to say that this is one of the best shows on T.V. any night. Every Friday night my 15 & 16 yr old neices come over so that they can watch it with me. I also record it so that my 9 yr old daughter can watch it later. Yes, all of their b-days are after 1975! We all hope that they don’t cancel this show.

  • Gwen

    I have to say that this is one of the best shows on T.V. any night. Every Friday night my 15 & 16 yr old neices come over so that they can watch it with me. I also record it so that my 9 yr old daughter can watch it later. Yes, all of their b-days are after 1975! We all hope that they don’t cancel this show.

  • COOKIE

    I think this is great show… my three daughters born in 1988,1992 and 1994 watch it every week and we also tivo it so we can re-watch it.

    bring it back!please

  • COOKIE

    I think this is great show… my three daughters born in 1988,1992 and 1994 watch it every week and we also tivo it so we can re-watch it.

    bring it back!please

  • COOKIE

    I think this is great show… my three daughters born in 1988,1992 and 1994 watch it every week and we also tivo it so we can re-watch it.

    bring it back!please

  • Shirley

    I have read the books since the second book was out and was very happy when the decided to make the books into a show. I didn’t know how they would stay true to the books, but after watching the first show I didn’t even care. While things are different, they did manage to keep what was important about the characters.

    As for the whole age thing, I am 22. I can say that without a doubt, I love this show and always look forward to the next episode. I think that the age thing has to do with a lot of things. For starters, it is on Friday. Most of us are out doing things on Friday or working(I have to dvr the show). Second, we respond to advertising a lot. I don’t think that ABC has done that enough with this show. I’ve seen a little but not enough.

    I can’t wait for the writers strike to be over because I am missing my tv shows. There are only so many reruns you can watch till you are bored. I think that this might be the one I look forward to the most. Well, this or Bones. I really hope they don’t take it off the air.

  • Shirley

    I have read the books since the second book was out and was very happy when the decided to make the books into a show. I didn’t know how they would stay true to the books, but after watching the first show I didn’t even care. While things are different, they did manage to keep what was important about the characters.

    As for the whole age thing, I am 22. I can say that without a doubt, I love this show and always look forward to the next episode. I think that the age thing has to do with a lot of things. For starters, it is on Friday. Most of us are out doing things on Friday or working(I have to dvr the show). Second, we respond to advertising a lot. I don’t think that ABC has done that enough with this show. I’ve seen a little but not enough.

    I can’t wait for the writers strike to be over because I am missing my tv shows. There are only so many reruns you can watch till you are bored. I think that this might be the one I look forward to the most. Well, this or Bones. I really hope they don’t take it off the air.

  • nymegan

    womens murder club is GREAT! it has clever, smart alecky women banter. the characters are well drawn, well defined and extremely sympathetic. WMC stands out from the formulaic pack.

    SAVE IT!!!!

  • nymegan

    womens murder club is GREAT! it has clever, smart alecky women banter. the characters are well drawn, well defined and extremely sympathetic. WMC stands out from the formulaic pack.

    SAVE IT!!!!

  • nymegan

    womens murder club is GREAT! it has clever, smart alecky women banter. the characters are well drawn, well defined and extremely sympathetic. WMC stands out from the formulaic pack.

    SAVE IT!!!!

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