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BubbleWatch: ABC's 'American Crime'
SHOW: "American Crime" (ABC)
IN ITS FAVOR: ABC promoted John Ridley's "12 Years a Slave" follow-up as a drama of extraordinary importance and didn't wait for actual reviews to make similar claims. Fortunately, a lot of critics loved the show -- I didn't, but I respected it -- and described it as the sort of thing networks should be doing to compete against cable's prestige dramas. The pedigree in front of and behind the camera speak for themselves.
AGAINST IT: Ratings haven't really been there. "American Crime" has averaged 6.3 million Live+SD viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and while the DVR bump has been solid, those numbers are inflated by the initial airings and have been in steady decline. To make matters worse, although "American Crime" premiered with all that hype, have *you* heard anybody talking about it lately?
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: ABC will probably just play "American Crime" off as a miniseries, but they may ask John Ridley what else he's got to try staying in that business. [Note that since I started writing these blurbs, there have been reports that Ridley is working on a Marvel-based project for ABC. If that's the case, that's totally a "We're canceling 'American Crime,' but what else would you like to do?" move.
FINAL VERDICT: Renewed!