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Thursday, May 11, 2017

CANCELLATION ALERT: American Crime, Secrets and Lies, Dr. Ken, The Real O'Neals, The Catch, Imaginary Mary

Thursday night was ABC's night for lots of cancellations, renewals, and pilot pickups. On the cancellation pile is American Crime after three seasons, Secrets and Lies, Dr. Ken, The Real O'Neals, and The Catch after two seasons, and Imaginary Mary after one season.

American Crime has been a decorated broadcast drama, nominated and winning many awards. But it has always been low rated and season three really took a dive as the show dipped as low as a 0.3 demo. Secrets and Lies had a surprising first season in spring 2015 but than sat on the shelf for over a year and came back to low ratings on Sunday night this past fall. Dr. Ken was a good pair with Last Man Standing in season one but slipped this season and when Last Man got cancelled, the lesser Dr. Ken's demise was inevitable. The Real O'Neals and Imaginary Mary shared the Tuesday 9:30pm slot and couldn't get much traction but ABC has an embarrassment of riches with family comedies and didn't need these two. The Catch was a Shondaland show that couldn't find an audience. It was a surprise renewal last year and underwent a reboot but it didn't get better this season.

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