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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.

 
  • Jenn

    I love WMC. It is one of my favorite of the new shows this season. I agree that a little advertising for the show could drastically improve the ratings. I hope they don’t cut it. I want to find out who the kiss-me-not killer is.

  • Jenn

    I love WMC. It is one of my favorite of the new shows this season. I agree that a little advertising for the show could drastically improve the ratings. I hope they don’t cut it. I want to find out who the kiss-me-not killer is.

  • Jenn

    I love WMC. It is one of my favorite of the new shows this season. I agree that a little advertising for the show could drastically improve the ratings. I hope they don’t cut it. I want to find out who the kiss-me-not killer is.

  • Dan

    If they cancel this show without giving it a chance then a mistake was made. I like the show but I agree with renee the time slot is poor. As far as law and Order, those three shows are the best and most realistic on TV. Hands down better then the three CSI’s which are really only campy remakes of lets see what the crime scene technicians really don’t do this week. Please try and keep teh political babrs out of any responce. I am full aware of whatever rights I have or do not have. As for WMC. I like the interaction between the main characters, but they shouldn’t make LT Hogan such a wimp. He is the whip cracker in teh precinct and should take the lead more often, and get rid of the FBI guy. Or better yet, make him the Kiss Me Not killer.

  • Dan

    If they cancel this show without giving it a chance then a mistake was made. I like the show but I agree with renee the time slot is poor. As far as law and Order, those three shows are the best and most realistic on TV. Hands down better then the three CSI’s which are really only campy remakes of lets see what the crime scene technicians really don’t do this week. Please try and keep teh political babrs out of any responce. I am full aware of whatever rights I have or do not have. As for WMC. I like the interaction between the main characters, but they shouldn’t make LT Hogan such a wimp. He is the whip cracker in teh precinct and should take the lead more often, and get rid of the FBI guy. Or better yet, make him the Kiss Me Not killer.

  • Dan

    If they cancel this show without giving it a chance then a mistake was made. I like the show but I agree with renee the time slot is poor. As far as law and Order, those three shows are the best and most realistic on TV. Hands down better then the three CSI’s which are really only campy remakes of lets see what the crime scene technicians really don’t do this week. Please try and keep teh political babrs out of any responce. I am full aware of whatever rights I have or do not have. As for WMC. I like the interaction between the main characters, but they shouldn’t make LT Hogan such a wimp. He is the whip cracker in teh precinct and should take the lead more often, and get rid of the FBI guy. Or better yet, make him the Kiss Me Not killer.

  • Dan

    oh yes…agree advertising it more would help…sorry should have added that.

  • Dan

    oh yes…agree advertising it more would help…sorry should have added that.

  • Dan

    oh yes…agree advertising it more would help…sorry should have added that.

  • Jenny

    I am 23, and definitly in the 18-49 age bracket and I love watching WMC!!! I don’t understand why ABC wants to cancel it! If they are making room for new series then start cancelling the reality shows — been there, there done that!!! Its getting old.

    Start giving new series a break. Let the viewers decide on what WE want to watch, OBVIOUSLY we would like you to RENEW WMC!!!

  • Jenny

    I am 23, and definitly in the 18-49 age bracket and I love watching WMC!!! I don’t understand why ABC wants to cancel it! If they are making room for new series then start cancelling the reality shows — been there, there done that!!! Its getting old.

    Start giving new series a break. Let the viewers decide on what WE want to watch, OBVIOUSLY we would like you to RENEW WMC!!!

  • Tonya

    This is for Dan,Maybe they should make you the Kiss ME Not Killer.Oh I forgot your not an actor just a wimp.That FBI Agent is doing a good job.

  • Tonya

    This is for Dan,Maybe they should make you the Kiss ME Not Killer.Oh I forgot your not an actor just a wimp.That FBI Agent is doing a good job.

  • Tonya

    This is for Dan,Maybe they should make you the Kiss ME Not Killer.Oh I forgot your not an actor just a wimp.That FBI Agent is doing a good job.

  • Sue and Scott

    We love the show. Please don’t cancel. Fri nite is definately not a death spot to us. We order in pizza and stay home just to watch Ghost Whisperer and WMC.

  • Sue and Scott

    We love the show. Please don’t cancel. Fri nite is definately not a death spot to us. We order in pizza and stay home just to watch Ghost Whisperer and WMC.

  • Sue and Scott

    We love the show. Please don’t cancel. Fri nite is definately not a death spot to us. We order in pizza and stay home just to watch Ghost Whisperer and WMC.

  • Kim

    It never fails. They always end up cancelling the good shows. Women’s Murder Club is really a good series. Why don’t you people give it a chance before axing it. It’s right up there with Law and Order.

  • Kim

    It never fails. They always end up cancelling the good shows. Women’s Murder Club is really a good series. Why don’t you people give it a chance before axing it. It’s right up there with Law and Order.

  • Kim

    It never fails. They always end up cancelling the good shows. Women’s Murder Club is really a good series. Why don’t you people give it a chance before axing it. It’s right up there with Law and Order.

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