If ABC has no plans to continue “V” for a third season, they failed to share that with the producers of the show.
Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays Erica Evans in the series, told Entertainment Weekly that the full second season is now in the can, and that the season finale didn’t feel like a series finale.
“I wouldn’t say that Episode 10 is a series-ender by any stretch of the imagination,” Mitchell said. “It leaves you really ramping up for a big fight. It’s not a wrap-up for sure.”
But just because a show ends on a cliffhanger doesn’t give it an automatic pass for more. And in fact, “V” fans could very well be in for a disappointment if ratings don’t improve quickly.
Last Tuesday, “V” managed a 3.3 rating/5 share in Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co. That was down nearly 18 percent from its season premiere, and is finishing more than 40 percent behind what ABC did with the Tuesday 9 p.m. timeslot last year.
Those numbers just missed a series low set last April.
“V” barely earned a second season in the first place after debuting with an 8.5/13 in November 2009, but finishing the season with a different timeslot and less than half of its original audience.
But it seemed like ABC had second thoughts going into this year. It pushed “V” to mid-season, and then later cut its episode order to 10. By the time the show is done with its second season, it will have only 22 episodes done, about the same amount the typical show does in a single season.
Last year, “V” actually did solid in the 8 p.m. timeslot, even against the top-rated drama “NCIS.” It averaged a 6.7/10 there in four episodes. However, when it was moved to 10 p.m. to compete with another CBS drama, “The Good Wife,” its ratings fell considerably, averaging a 3.8/6 through eight episodes.
Add a seven-month hiatus, and yet another new timeslot, and that’s where the show is now.
ABC has yet to announce a decision on the fate of “V,” but it was not included among the network’s early renewal announcement made earlier this week.
“V” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.