ABC Cancels ‘Zero Hour’

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The clock has stopped ticking on Zero Hour. ABC has cancelled the low-rated drama series and pulled all remaining episodes from the schedule, effective immediately. Zero Hour is the third freshman series on ABC to have been cancelled and follows the cancellations of 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort.

Created by Paul Scheuring, Zero Hour follows Hank Galliston, the publisher of paranormal enthusiast magazine Modern Skeptic, who has spent his career following clues, debunking myths and solving conspiracies. A confessed paranormal junkie, his motto is “logic is the compass.” But when his beautiful wife, Laila (Jacinda Barrett), is abducted from her antique clock shop, Hank gets pulled into one of the most compelling mysteries in human history, stretching around the world and back centuries. Contained in one of his wife’s clocks is a treasure map, and what it leads to could be cataclysmic. Now it’s up to Hank to decipher the symbols and unlock the secrets of the map, while ensuring the answers don’t fall into the wrong hands – a man they call White Vincent (Michael Nyqvist). With his two young associates, Rachel (Addison Timlin) and Arron (Scott Michael Foster), in tow, along with Becca Riley, a sexy FBI agent (Carmen Ejogo), Hank will lead them on a breathless race against the clock to find his wife and save humanity.

The drama series has struggled in its Thursday 8pm time-slot since its series premiere last month. The pilot episode drew a less than stellar 6.4 million total viewers and a 1.4 A18-49 rating. In its second outing the series saw a drop in viewership to 5.4 million viewers and a 1.1 A18-49 rating, before further sliding this week to 5.1 million viewers and a 1.0 A18-49 rating, which ultimately sealed the show’s fate. There is no official word if the remaining episodes of the series will air. But given that the series is owned by ABC Studios, I hear that either airing them this summer alongside the remaining episodes of 666 Park Avenue or making them available to stream on ABC’s website are two scenarios which are currently being considered.

TVWise’s Broadcast TV Scorecard has been updated with this new information.

  • kamara patrick

    shame. one of the few original shows in TV to get canceled.
    I will miss it.

  • John Dee

    After watching super stellar acting in Mr. Selfridge, Downton Abbey, House MD and such, its no shock the show was scrapped.

    The show would have survived, had they gotten someone other than Anthony Edwards. That guy needs to learn acting. It felt like the guy was just reading script.

  • Tom Grisham

    first “No Ordinary Family” then the show with the Canadian army doctors and now “Zero Hour”
    STOP CANCELING SHOWS ABC!!!!!!!