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Struggling Networks Cancel 'Awake,' 'Secret Circle'

Both shows had good premieres, but struggled to keep audience

With the way both NBC and The CW are struggling to not only find an audience this year, but hold on to its audience from last year, it's been hard to predict where its schedule would end up.

But now we know for sure: Fall will come without two more genre shows as NBC has cancelled "Awake" while The CW has parted ways with "The Secret Circle."

Neither programs were ratings winners for their respective networks. "Awake" averaged a 2.5 rating/4 share, according to Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co., allowing it to be ranked No. 21 out of 29 shows on NBC, and No. 93 overall. It was also ranked No. 41 among the 52 new shows the thane premiered since the beginning of April.

"Awake" took over a tough time slot for NBC that had already killed "Prime Suspect" and "The Firm," and the Jason Isaacs show felt that right away when its 4.1/7 premiere March 1 matched what "Prime Suspect" had done at the beginning of the season.

The audience dropped quickly after that. Its second week saw 34 percent of its audience depart, and by April, the show was competing with The CW in terms of ratings.

It seems that audiences struggled to keep up with the police detective who was living two lives -- one where his wife was alive, and one where his son was alive. It was a fascinating concept developed by Kyle Killen, the producer and writer behind Fox's short-lived "Lone Star" last year.

The series, however, didn't get much help from NBC, which used freshman comedy "Up All Night" (and later "Parks and Recreation) as a lead-in. To give the show some credit, "Awake" did build on that lead-in audience by 14 percent.

"Secret Circle" was actually The CW's second-highest-rated program behind "Vampire Diaries," but still was pulling in audience just above the network's overall average. It earned a 1.2/2 through the end of April that was good for No. 47 among new shows and No. 109 overall.

What really hurt the show, however, was its poor lead-out from "Vampire Diaries" on Thursdays, losing 33 percent of its audience and cutting its audience for the time slot by 20 percent compared to the year before.

You can read more about what NBC has cancelled Friday by visiting our sister site, Inside Blip. For more on what The CW has renewed and cancelled Friday, click here.

The CW did pick up two new genre series, however, including "Arrow," a masked vigilante series starring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy and David Ramsey. Also picked up was "Beauty and the Beast," from the people who did the original 1980s series, that stars Jay Ryan and Kristin Kreuk from "Smallville" fame.

In Inside Blip's renewal/cancellation predictions from early April, "Awake" was listed as a show "About to Pop," meaning it was on the verge of cancellation, while "Secret Circle" was actually listed as a "Safe Bet" to return.

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Michael Hinman is the founder and editor-in-chief for Airlock Alpha and the entire GenreNexus. He owns Nexus Media Group Inc., the parent corporation of the GenreNexus and is a veteran print journalist. He lives in Tampa, Fla.
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