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Saturday, March 29, 2014

CANCELLATION ALERT: Mind Games, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

ABC cancelled two shows late this week. Mind Games and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland were added to the scrap heap in a year of drama bombs for ABC.

Mind Games was cancelled after five episodes and will be pulled immediately from the schedule. Following in the footsteps of the disastrous Lucky 7 and Killer Women, Mind Games bombed in the Tuesday 10pm slot. It premiered to a very low 3.6 million viewers and 1.1 demo. It tumbled to a 0.6 demo the following week and then regained a few viewers after that but never approached the 1.0 demo again. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was the latest victim of Thursday at 8pm on ABC. Despite the success of the parent show, it received very little attention. It premiered to 5.8 million viewers and a 1.7 demo. By November, it was below a 1.0 demo. It took a couple months off and returned just as low. ABC's biggest problems is they cannot find a way to fix Tuesday at 10pm or Thursday at 8pm and these two shows are just the latest examples.

Mind Games and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland joined The Assets, Back in the Game, and Lucky 7 in the official cancellation category with Betrayal, Super Fun Night, Mixology, and Killer Women sure to join them. Slam dunk renewals include Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor, America's Funniest Home Videos, Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, The Middle, Modern Family, Last Man Standing, Shark Tank, Once Upon a Time, and likely Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Resurrection, The Goldbergs and Revenge. Bubble shows include Nashville and The Neighbors and it's not looking good for Trophy Wife. ABC is the only network with no official renewals. Resurrection repeats and then Celebrity Wife Swap on April 15 will replace Mind Games while Once Upon a Time in Wonderland airs it series finale next week.

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