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Betrayal: Has It Been Cancelled? Will There Be Season Two?

Betrayal canceled? season two?ABC has been searching for a ratings hit to fill the Sundays at 10pm timeslot. Turns out that Betrayal isn’t that show but could it still return for a second season? Has it already been cancelled?

Betrayal revolves around professional photographer Sara (Hannah Ware) and top attorney Jack (Stuart Townsend) who, despite being married to other people, have a torrid affair. Things become even more complicated when Sara’s husband and Jack end up on the opposite sides of a murder trial. The rest of the cast includes Henry Thomas, Chris Johnson, Wendy Moniz, Braeden Lemasters, Elizabeth McLaughlin, and James Cromwell.

The series debuted in September and got off to a slow start with a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.16 million total viewers. The numbers got even worse in week two, dropping more than 24%. In week three, they dropped another 26%.

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In short, the ratings were awful but the network didn’t pull the series off the air and a rep even said that ABC was sticking with the show. Why? Likely because they’d already cancelled another new drama, Lucky 7, and fellow freshman Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was also tanking.

Though Betrayal’s ratings have leveled off, that doesn’t mean that ABC is any more satisfied with the numbers and there’s just no way that they’re bring it back for a second season. It’s still on the air because they didn’t have anything to take its place.

The network has released their plans for early 2014 and, to no surprise, Betrayal isn’t part of them. That’s not an outright cancellation but, realistically, there’s as much hope of this show coming back as there being a second season of Pan Am or GCB.

ABC has taken to calling Betrayal a limited series which wouldn’t have stopped them from making a second season had the ratings been stronger. Hopefully for the fans who have stuck with it, the show will end in a satisfying way and won’t not leave a bunch of unresolved storylines.

What do you think? Do you like Betrayal? Would you like to see a second season or does the show deserve to be cancelled? Why didn’t it catch on?


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Carolyn P January 7, 2014 at 4:40 am

Why when something good comes along . Then they decide LET’S KILL IT- PULL THE PLUG. Once we get the few episodes you need to finish it . I love this -it’s addicting- I can’t wait to see the ending. Those are the steps we have to take when watching these shows. So no don’t cancel this show.
1. You guys already took this away= Radha Mitchell’s Red Widow last year 5-10-12. That was good,
2. On lifetime Channel another good show called =The Client List Season 3, now that’s gone to. Do you guys enjoy do this to us. WHY !!!


Rose January 7, 2014 at 1:52 am

Thanks a lot abc u will leave all the other garbage on tv but find a nice show and take it off!! I guess there wasn’t enough younger people watching. Will never watch ur station again!!


rustie January 7, 2014 at 12:24 am

Please don’t cancel Betrayal. How can anything fight against football? Try it on another night – perhaps in place of the shows that you are canceling. Why are all the ratings done in the fall, with so many sports. Please give it another chance- I bet the ratings will go up.


Karissa Carson January 6, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Please give us a season 2 ABC! Betrayal is such a great show! The cast is amazing and it is very different from anything else on tv! You need to advertise the show and moving it to a different time slot would definitely help the ratings! Please ABC we want more Betrayal!


Amber January 6, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Love it don’t want to see it cancelled, I think it isn’t on a good night and also I think that it it is on too late, If it could fill a 9pm spot and be on a different night other than Monday which hosts tons of good shows then I think it would be successful it is an amazing storyline. I am hooked!


Dana January 6, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Please do not cancel Betrayal. It’s my favorite show. Perhaps if you would give it a better time slot and advertise it like you do Scandal , it would do better. In fact put them back to back.


Kathy January 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Fabulous show!!! Sadly, I hear it’s been cancelled. Fox, if thats true and ABC cancels Betrayal, PLEASE pick it up.

Get rid of Revenge and move Betrayal up to the 9pm slot.

To the “powers that be” please listen to us!


Esra January 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Please do not cancel


Ana January 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm

really good show


dale January 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

I like the show but does need to have more tension between the Sara’s husband and Jack or Sara herself. Having this court case could help. I think a lot of people want more things to come back at Sara for her betrayal, so far that hasn’t happened. Again I hope the trial digs at Sara core for screwing her husband and leaving her kid for her sexual escapades. She never seems to feel remorse at what she does or just goes I shouldn’t do this what about my son OH well sex is better than my son. She needs to pay her dues for bad choices.


Debbie M January 6, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Love the show. Please do not cancel


Sandi January 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

Love it. Wish it would be renewed. Think the story is getting stronger and ABC should reconsider. No one ever calls me or my friends!!! Maybe not a good time spot on Sunday’s for ratings.


Stephanie January 6, 2014 at 1:01 am

Great show would love to see a 2nd season. Please renew!!!!!


Becky January 6, 2014 at 12:46 am

Please please don’t cancel this. Betrayal and General Hospital are the only things I watch. I can’t stand reality shows so basically Betrayal and GH are it for me and I look forward to them so much. Like the other post said maybe try a different time or night. If you still insist on taking it off please AT LEAST LET US KNOW HOW IT ENDS. In the past there have been two other shows that just disappeared. No ending no nothing. That’s just wrong to do. At least let us have closure. Please.

Thank you. (Fingers crossed)


sweetiepie January 6, 2014 at 12:26 am

At first I simply watched because it came on after Revenge. After Revenge got more convoluted, I found myself just waiting for Betrayal, it is a great show, one with a slow build.

I seriously hope that it comes back, whether ABC brings it back , or at least on cable. This is a classic case of one of the best shows that is not being watched.


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