ABC cancels "Zero Hour" after only 3 airings

Scene from Zero Hour

Well, that didn’t take very long. After only three airings, ABC has stopped the clock on its new series Zero Hour. The Thursday night at 8pm time slot has a notorious reputation for claiming series after series into its dark hole of cancellations - Zero Hour being its latest victim. The series debuted with an underwhelming 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and only went down from there, landing at a 1.0 in Thursday night’s episode.

Zero Hour, described as a conspiracy series, starred ER alum Anthony Edwards as paranormal magazine publisher Hank Galliston. While Hank is desperately trying to find and save his wife Laila (Jacinda Barrett) from her abductors, he discovers that he must also save the world from an impending cataclysm.

Instead of airing the series for the next two weeks, ABC will play re-runs of Shark Tank in the 8pm time slot. Following that will be seven weeks of non-celebrity episodes of Wife Swap starting on March 21st before finally giving over to the reigns to Ugly Betty on May 9th.

The remaining ten episodes of Zero Hour may air during the summer, but the network will now be shifting its focus to its Sunday premiere of the new series Red Widow. It is out with old (well, not old in this case) and in with the new. You can watch the trailer for Red Widow below.

- Zero Hour (2013)
- Red Widow
- Anthony Edwards
- Jacinda Barrett

Written by: harrisr
Mar 2nd, 2013, 5:29 am

Images courtesy of ABC


Message Posted On Mar 21st, 2013, 11:30 pm
If ABC doesn't want to air this series, why not put the remaining shows on Amazon streaming video! Since I gave up on cable TV, that is where I get many of the shows I watch, including this one.
OVER 50...

Message Posted On Mar 11th, 2013, 11:30 pm
Why does ABC, and most of the other networks, only want to capture the 19-49 year old audience? Are the over 50 year olds too old to watch TV? I'm tired of them canceling the shows I enjoy! Going back to reading my ebooks and listening to my music on my ipad! Perhaps the baby boomers are too intelligent to support the television networks! BRING BACK ZERO HOUR! Some other station should buy it! I want to see all of the episodes and see how it ends!

Message Posted On Mar 10th, 2013, 7:13 am
Whoever made the decision for ABC seriously need to be sacked. They haven't a clue as to what people want to see. This was just getting interesting as a show and would've liekd to see how the plot developed. ABC get your act together.
Shannon from California

Message Posted On Mar 7th, 2013, 9:43 pm
What the heck!!! That was a GREAT series! Who the hell is the network polling??? If they are going by the Nielsen Ratings, that is so outdated!!!! ABC, come on.... I really was looking forward to the rest of the episodes!

Message Posted On Mar 7th, 2013, 5:32 pm
I really enjoyed the show ... It started slow however that laid the foundation .... I wish they hadnt just taken it away without giving it a chance .. I was just starting to like watching ABC again .... yet again .. they take another one down .... They have to give the audience time to build. I hope they pick it up soon.

Message Posted On Mar 7th, 2013, 5:24 am
The plot had some potentioal, although it was badly written, but the worst thing of this show was the terrible acting of the leading actor. I mean come on, even in children's play acting is better. I haven't seen him anywhere else, so i can't say if he wasn't fit for this show or as actor in general, but his performance in Zero Hour was terrible.

Message Posted On Mar 5th, 2013, 7:14 pm
I really enjoyed the show now I have nothing to watch. Was really looking foward to seeing this week.

Message Posted On Mar 3rd, 2013, 12:24 pm
Shame they cancelled it, really enjoyed the first 3 episodes , while not a perfect story line, its much better than other series which are airing .. the actors are great and the story line makes you want to see more.... ABC Get the show back!!!!

Message Posted On Mar 2nd, 2013, 3:37 pm
This was well past it's "sell by" date - what a stinker The Fireplace Channel has better acting and a better script: I hear their ratings are higher as well Good riddance to bad rubbish! I need a shower now...

Message Posted On Mar 2nd, 2013, 2:50 pm
In episode 3, how did the FBI follow Hank? He picked up all the thumb tacks as he found them. The FBI woman must have used telepathy or sniffed him out like a bloodhound. It is bad writing like that that killed this show. I just wasn't believable.
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