ABC has clipped its Angels’ wings.
A day after committing to full-season orders for Revenge and Suburgatory, ABC has grounded its Charlie’s Angels reboot. A slight improvement in Thursday night’s ratings wasn’t enough to save the flailing series, which has been in peril since its Sept. 29 premiere.
According to Nielsen preliminary live-plus-same-day data, Charlie’s Angels last night notched a 1.3 rating/4 share in the 18-49 demo, up 8 percent from the previous week (1.2/4). Angels finished dead last in its 8 p.m. time slot, trailing even The CW’s Vampire Diaries, which served up a 1.4/4 in the demo.
While the show garnered a lot of attention in the months leading up to its premiere, Charlie’s Angels never really caught on with viewers. After bowing to 8.76 million total viewers and a 2.1 rating in the demo, CA fell to 7.11 million viewers and a 1.5 rating in its second broadcast.
By the time Angels returned for its third go-round, it had lost nearly half of the demo, plummeting to a 1.2 rating.
ABC shut down production on the Miami-based show, but plans to burn off the four remaining installments in the Thursday 8 p.m. time slot. The series starred Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh, and Rachael Taylor.
With Charlie’s Angels sent to the great beyond, a total of five series have been canceled since the season began on Sept. 19. And the broadcasters aren’t out of the woods yet: NBC's Prime Suspect last night tied Angels with a lowly 1.3 rating, making it a likely candidate for reassignment.
In its fourth airing, Suspect dropped two-tenths of a ratings point and lost another half-million viewers, delivering 4.5 million viewers at 10 p.m.