ABC Cancels Lucky 7

Low-rated drama snuffed out after just two episodes

Lucky 7 has been 86’d.

After just two episodes, the low-rated freshman drama has been yanked from ABC’s Tuesday night lineup. Effective Oct. 8, the network will fill the 10 p.m. time slot with encore presentations of its hit drama Scandal.

Ironic title aside, Lucky 7 never really had a chance. The show premiered on Sept. 24 to 4.43 million viewers and a rock-bottom 1.3 in the 18-49 demo, making it the lowest-rated fall drama premiere in ABC history.

The subsequent broadcast fared even worse, delivering an unsustainable 2.62 million viewers and a 0.7 rating.

Based on the U.K. series The Syndicate, Lucky 7 documented the lives of a group of Queens, N.Y. gas station employees who share a winning lottery ticket.

Lucky 7 was canceled a year to the day after CBS aired the second (and final) episode of its Friday night drama Made in Jersey. The first cancelation of the 2013-14 broadcast season, Lucky’s demise came just 24 hours after Fox announced it had picked up Sleepy Hollow for a second season.

While there’s been no official word from ABC, its new Sunday 10 p.m. drama, Betrayal, is also at death’s door. The pulpy infidelity drama bowed Sept. 29 to just 5.16 million viewers and a 1.5 in the demo.

The prognosis is also grim for CBS’ Monday night thriller Hostages. After premiering to 7.41 million viewers and a 1.8 among adults 18-49, Hostages fell to 5.96 million viewers and a 1.5.

CBS may be more patient with Hostages, as it is the only new drama that was ordered for the first half of the season. Upon application of three days of DVR data, the pilot did improve its adults 18-49 deliveries by 50 percent, rising to a 2.7. Time shifting also lifted the adults 25-54 rating from a 2.5 to a 3.5.

Also not long for this world is NBC’s Ironside reboot. The cop drama bowed Wednesday night to a historic low 1.3 rating—the worst-ever performance for a new fall NBC drama. Nor should anyone get too cozy with NBC’s new Thursday night single-camera comedy Welcome to the Family, which premiered to a dismal 1.1.