Trauma Cancellation Buzz: Trauma is Hurtin'! Save It or DNR? - Featured

Update: Trauma has been canceled. Get the scoop here!

As the new fall season kicked off, it looked like NBC had high hopes for Trauma being the next big thing to replace ER. But, not only has it not become a hit, it's hurting big time in ratings.

It ain't cheap to shoot on site in San Francisco or run around with all that medical equipment, those fancy helicopters, and to blow up all sorts of stuff. To afford such a show, it would have to really prove itself as extremely worth it for NBC... and as hinted above, it has not.

Cancellation Danger Zone Status:

Trauma's premiere on September 28th brought in 6.9 million viewers, getting beaten out in the Monday 9PM timeslot by Dancing with the Stars at 16.8, Lie to Me at 7.7, plus Two and a Half Men with 13.6 paired on CBS with The Big Bang Theory at 13 mil. The only show it beat was Gossip Girl with 2.3 mil, and The CW has much lower standards than the main networks for TV ratings. (Source)

Trauma carried on from there to drop and hold at 5.5 million through Episode 4 (more), then bump up slightly for its 5th episode to 5.8 mil (more).

Considering its Monday night NBC pairing, Heroes, is hanging around 5.7-6 million and that's after it dropped a whole bunch during last season, it's looking like Trauma is hanging on as well as the troubled Heroes. As you can imagine, that's not particularly a good sign.

NBC has not announced that Trauma might be on the chopping block, but they have already announced full season pick-ups for other freshman shows, Community and Mercy, plus for sophomore show Parks and Recreation. No full season love for Trauma. They've just announced they're committed to airing three more episodes of Trauma, but that's pretty much saying they've made these expensive episodes already, so they won't pull those episodes if something were to happen with the show's status (more).

So, since it lost a whole lot of viewers right away after the premiere episode which probably included some of you Reelers, we want to know if you care about Trauma and think it should be saved!

Here at SideReel we're all about campaigning for our favorite shows in danger to get saved, but while some of us have kept up with Trauma, (well, maybe just me...) we're much like the rest of its wavering audience not quite feeling the intense excitement this show promised to have. So how about you?

Do you want to save Trauma or would you go with a "do not resuscitate" on this hurting newbie?



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Oct 28, 2009 5:19PM EDT

I like the show and think it has potential to be really good. It is new and still feeling its way into the show it is to become. I really hope the give it a fair chance, at least one season. so give it a chance

Oct 28, 2009 5:24PM EDT

Yes, keep it on! It's a great show and rabbit is an animal!

Oct 28, 2009 5:36PM EDT

This is great show. Rabbit is crazy. What are they going to be replace it with, some other reality show? Isn't there enough? I hope they keep it on.

Oct 28, 2009 6:23PM EDT

keep it on its great if they got rid of reality shows they could spend the money on this show

Oct 29, 2009 12:19AM EDT

It is a good show and the characters are well written. I would appreciate seeing it come into its own.

Default avatar cat
Oct 29, 2009 4:26AM EDT

It's a really good show with solid characters, would really be sad to see it go! :-(

Nov 4, 2009 10:48PM EST

give it a fair share it still is unfolding

Default avatar cat
Nov 7, 2009 9:03PM EST

save trauma!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love this show

Default avatar cat
Nov 8, 2009 2:28AM EST

Trauma is a really great show. Mercy is just a Gray's anatomy copycat. Don't we have enough. ER was great, but it ran it's course and ended well. Why is Heroes still on? They saved the cheerleader. Save Trauma !!!

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Nov 10, 2009 6:55AM EST

Save trauma !!! great potential, I think people need a litlle more time to realize its soo much better than reality crap.

Default avatar cat
Nov 10, 2009 9:33PM EST

Who in the hell do we have to speak to about all the new shows they cancelled? I realize that ratings are important, but going by that and nothing else is kind of unfair. I just watched the latest episode of Trauma and its a very interesting show. I am now hooked on how the FD and the PD will work out the blue wall of silence thing they got going. I see a resolution, but truth be told....that whole police officer silence thing could make a person compromise their values....and in the end.....thats all a person has is their values.
I hope they keep the show just to show how much of that there is in FD.

Default avatar cat
Nov 15, 2009 1:30PM EST

YES keep Trauma on. We love it and look forward to it every week. Give it a chance! Many shows started out slow and became big hits. We think this can too.

Nov 19, 2009 2:47AM EST

I like Trauma. I was expecting it to be an intense medical drama, but it really does not live up to that (and that may be why it is having a hard time finding an audience). I, however, have been pleasantly surprised by the character development. If it gets canceled I will miss Rabbit and the hot blond who's name has slipped my mind.

Default avatar cat
Dec 7, 2009 7:31PM EST

I like this show. They really need to give shows a chance. They keep cutting shows without giving them a chance to really show themselves. It's not fair for these shows that are on for like 5 episodes and then get cancelled.

Default avatar cat
Dec 9, 2009 7:38PM EST

I really like the show i'm like the previous poster, i'm tired of them cancelling shows before they've really gotten the opportunity to get their footing, and Trauma was up against some stiff competition.
I really hope that NBC will give the show some time to develop, it's gotten better with every episode, and i look forward to it every Monday.
I'm also campaigning to save it. We have the Trauma Street Team on Facebook and a blog @

Default avatar cat
Dec 9, 2009 11:28PM EST

I think they should let it develop it is coming along.Keep it on!

Default avatar cat
Dec 10, 2009 12:21PM EST

love it! keep it!!!

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Jan 3, 2010 4:09PM EST

i would really like tis show to continue. they have very really happenings. I work in the medical field for more than 25 years and find this show to be the closest to our daily routines. The dialog is true. this show has great medical advisors. bets the heck out of ER in that respect. I say fight for it. it is alot realer than the reality showes on content.

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Jan 11, 2010 8:10AM EST

I love love love Trauma. They shouldn't cancelle it. I watch it faithfully every monday. I think its much better than most shows that are out now. Its real and thats why i love it. The characters are great. I love the gay guy he is so funny to me and rabbit with is crazy butt. The show should be given a chance. Hell you see how they kept ER on for so long and the show wasn't all it cracked up to be when it first start. So they should keep my show on. TRAUMA will live on within me.

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Jan 11, 2010 9:53PM EST

All I have to say is that,we've seen Medical shows before,that they have to do only with doctors and stuff.I love Grey's anatomy and I am a huge fan...but here in trauma we can see the whole action from the view of paramedics and that's cool...I like Trauma a lot.I want it to continue,because it's the first tv-show,that has to do with paramedics...

Feb 10, 2010 4:35PM EST

I really like the show. I think it's shown from a new perspective other than the police, fire, hospital or even the criminals. The characters are complex yet likable and relate well with each other. The plots are very realistic. It's just had some rough slots and needs some patience with and lot more pub.

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