As new series pickups and renewal announcements start to flow from ABC, news of shows not making the cut is coming too.
Comedies “Dr. Ken,” “The Real O’Neals” and “Imaginary Mary” and dramas “American Crime,” “The Catch” and “Secrets and Lies” have been canceled. “American Crime” ran for three short seasons; “Dr. Ken,” “The Real O’Neals,” “The Catch” and “Secrets and Lies” for two each. “Imaginary Mary” is exiting after a single season.
“American Crime” has earned ABC some Emmy recognition, with two wins for actress Regina King and and 12 other nominations for its first two seasons. The recently completed Season 3 was warmly received by critics. Its ratings plummeted with a move to Sunday, however, and it averaged just a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 the night it aired. It tied for the lowest rating on any show of the Big 4 networks this season.
“Secrets and Lies” returned from a more than year-long hiatus this season and also took a sizable ratings hit. It averaged a 0.8 on Sunday nights, down from 1.5 for its first season in spring 2015.
“The Catch” was a marginal renewal last season with an 18-49 average barely at 1.0. The Shondaland show starring Mireille Enos and Peter Krause fell in Season 2, averaging a replacement-level 0.7. Its now-series finale airs Thursday night.
“Imaginary Mary” is averaging a 0.9 during its spring run, tied with “The Real O’Neals” for the network’s lowest numbers among its Tuesday and Wednesday comedies.
“Dr. Ken” also averaged a 0.9 on Fridays in its second season, making it among the tougher calls among bubble shows. With lead-in “Last Man Standing” also gone, ABC will have a clean slate to kick off Friday nights come fall.
ABC cut “Time After Time,” “Conviction” and “Notorious” earlier in the season. You can go here to see the full list of shows (across all of TV) canceled in 2016-17.