• Good News For Families: Wicked City Canceled

    by  • November 16, 2015 • Advertiser Accountability, Broadcast Decency, Sex, Violence, Worst of the Week • 7 Comments

    ABC’s serial killer drama Wicked City is the first new show of the fall season to be canceled…and the PTC played a part in its demise.

    Billed as “a dark, hedonistic party…set on the sexy Sunset Strip back when there were no consequences and bad behavior ran rampant,” the first episode of Wicked City alone featured oral sex, necrophilia, and a severed head, with content on  subsequent episodes even more gory and graphic.

    Clearly, the program’s plummeting ratings since its premiere three weeks ago indicate that this toxic cocktail of sex and gore is not what viewers were looking for from the Disney-owned ABC network. Wicked City‘s ratings plunge has been steeper than any other new series; it the lowest-rated program on an English-language broadcast network last Tuesday. Starting this week ABC replaced Wicked City with the family-friendly reality show Shark Tank.

    Immediately following the first episode, the PTC reached out to sponsors and urged them to reconsider using their advertising dollars to fund Wicked City. Several of the advertisers contacted did not sponsor the show in subsequent weeks.

     “After Wicked City’s premeire, we were quick to warn audiences about its content; quick to contact advertisers and enlist their help; they were quick to respond; and the show was quick to be canceled,” said PTC President Tim Winter.  “We are grateful to the sponsors who listened to the concerns of families, and chose not to continue sponsoring Wicked City.”



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    7 Responses to Good News For Families: Wicked City Canceled

    1. Jennifer
      January 3, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Learn to watch your child!! I have children and they wouldn’t want to watch this anyways… But you have these do gooders that think they know what’s best for Everyone. I monitor my children and Make sure they don’t watch stuff that’ll give them nightmares!!! Grow up ptc

    2. patricia
      December 18, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Canceling Wicked City just doesn’t seem fair.
      Parents are worried that this isn’t quite the show they would want their children to watch..oh please spare me.
      But these are the same parents that will give their kids a cellphone at the age of 7 ..give me a break.

    3. Lisa
      November 20, 2015 at 7:02 am

      Yeah! Another victory for family values and decency. Thank you PTC! Keep up the” good fight”.

    4. Sara
      November 18, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      But frankly, with “worst offender” violent shows like “Wicked City,” I don’t have a problem with them being canceled since even after educating parents to use the parental controls and “change the channel” to protect their kids, a lot of them still won’t.

    5. Sara
      November 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Kim, you’re entirely missing the point. The problem is MOST parents don’t monitor what their kids watch or don’t use the parental ratings to control the TV content coming to their kids. Countless kids were probably exposed to this violent, twisted show by accident through channel surfing or just staying on ABC after the show before “Wicked City” went off. Maybe they saw the blow job scene (slightly off camera, admittedly) where the guy then plunges a knife into the woman. Preaching to people to “change the channel” or “use the parental controls” or “kids should be in bed by 9/10 PM” is really not effective when the people you’re telling to do this ALREADY do it. It’s the majority of parents out there in America that DON’T do it, and we’re concerned about their kids’ exposure to violent, corrupting content. That’s why PTC and One Million Moms does what they do.

      We’re not advocating censorship, just that TV parental ratings be accurate and useful (currently, they’re not), and that parents be more educated about actually what the ratings mean and the importance of using them in their homes for their kids’ protection.

    6. Kim Pootin Laden
      November 16, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Honestly, I think its not good news, you know you can switch channels and two don’t ruin it for everyone , I liked the show in my opinion , and for you to force it off for everyone else is very appalling. You know there are kid oriented channels you can switch to. Don’t tell me it’s hard it isn’t.

      • Lisa
        November 20, 2015 at 7:04 am

        I guess that just depends on where your values are and if you have the greater good of our children in mind or just your own. The same principal is true for all of us humans….junk in /junk out. Think about it!

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