‘Once Upon a Time in Wonderland’ Canceled by ABC

The “Once Upon a Time” spinoff fails to find the audience of its sister show, series finale to air next week

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 10:40 AM

There’s no happy ending for ABC’s “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.”

ABC has canceled the “Once Upon a Time” spinoff, a network representative told TheWrap.

Ordered for 13 episodes, the series finale episode will air next Thursday.

“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” at 8 p.m. on Thursday drew a 0.9 rating/ 3 share in the advertiser-coveted Adults 18-49 demographic and only 3.3 million total viewers. That’s only a bit better than last week’s episode rating of 0.8/3, though it’s lower in total viewers — last week’s episode attracted 3.5 million viewers.

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Producers may actually find this news to be some sort of relief. It had been intended as a one-season show and it felt as if ABC’s desire for a new hit drama trumped that plan.

“What we’re planning to do is tell a complete tale, beginning, middle and end, finish it,” executive producer Edward Kitsis said at the Television Critics Association Press Tour last August. “If people like it, hopefully we’ll come back and tell another adventure with this cast.”

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This cancelation followed Thursday’s announcement that Christian Slater-starrer “Mind Games” had been pulled from the schedule after just five episodes. It earned a mere 0.6/2 in the ad demo for its most recent airing Tuesday night — a 14 percent drop from the previous week, and a tie for its series low.

In addition to “Mind Games,” ABC’s drama failures this season have included Sofia Vergara‘s “Killer Women,” “The Assets” and “Lucky 7,” which has the unfortunate distinction of being the first fall show to be canceled.


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