Why ‘Ten Days in the Val­ley’ dis­ap­peared af­ter 4 episodes

Orlando Sentinel - - OBITUARIES - By Rich Helden­fels

You have ques­tions. I have some an­swers.

Q: I started watch­ing “Ten Days in the Val­ley” on ABC for four episodes and sud­denly it was gone. Has it been can­celed? I also liked “Doubt” last sea­son, and af­ter only two episodes, it was taken off, though I saw the rest of the episodes when they were shown later in the sea­son. Why do the net­works make de­ci­sions so early in the sea­son?

A: First, let me ex­plain about “Ten Days in the Val­ley,” since you’re not the only one sur­prised by its dis­ap­pear­ance. ABC took it off the Sun­day lineup af­ter four episodes be­cause, as one re­port put it, the show had “pal­try” rat­ings and the num­bers dropped over the four weeks it aired. ABC will run the re­main­ing six episodes on Satur­day nights start­ing Dec. 16, with two episodes that night; one each on Dec. 23 and 30; and the last two on Jan. 6. I do not ex­pect to see any more.

Now, as to your big­ger ques­tion, net­works ex­pect shows to achieve a cer­tain rat­ing (which may vary be­cause of the time pe­riod or the com­pe­ti­tion) or at least to demon­strate such a rat­ing is pos­si­ble. A lowrated start fol­lowed by flat or de­clin­ing num­bers is usu­ally fa­tal. In such a case, the show will be dropped fast, be­cause it can harm other parts of the sched­ule. (The poor per­for­mance by “Ten Days,” for in­stance, was not help­ing the late lo­cal news­casts fol­low­ing it.) If there are un­aired episodes, they’ll usu­ally be dumped in a time slot that’s not that im­por­tant to a net­work, such as Satur­day night — where, you’ll re­call, “Doubt” also landed.

Do you have a ques­tion or com­ment about en­ter­tain­ment past, present and fu­ture? Write to Rich Helden­fels, P.O. Box 417, Mo­gadore, OH 44260, or bren­fels@gmail.com. Let­ters may be edited. In­di­vid­ual replies are not guar­an­teed.

ERIC MCCANDLESS/AP

Kick Gurry and Kyra Sedg­wick in “Ten Days in the Val­ley,” whose poor rat­ings knocked it out of ABC’s Sun­day lineup.

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