The new ABC drama had the very bad luck of being one of the first series this season to get cut. Calling its demise bad luck is well, a bit ironic considering the title. “Lucky 7” was cancelled after just two episodes. While the story did seem a bit sluggish during the first episode, the opening scene of the pilot did not do it any favors. In the first few minutes of the series viewers get glimpse of what happens to the main characters at some point in the future. There is a scene where two brothers are in a high speed police chase where they throw money out the window and people run into the streets to retrieve the abandoned loot. In another scene we see a gas station employee receiving a commendation from the mayor. As you continue watching the episode after having seen the future, it doesn’t take long to see how and why those characters ended up in that situation. The need to see more episodes really isn’t necessary especially if you failed care about any of the characters in the series.
“Lucky 7” also had to contend with a very poor showing for its premiere. Only 4.4 million viewers tuned in with a very weak representation in a key demographic. The following week the situation worsened. Last week ABC replaced the series with a repeat of Scandal which more than 2. 5 million viewers given that powerhouse shows “Chicago Fire” on NBC and CBS’ “Person of Interest” were new.
Had the story been a bit more realistic I think it could have survived, especially given how this country gets lottery fever these days. In fact had the show tied in to one of the national lottery organizers, it would have had built in marketing and given people a bit of an incentive to tune in.