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Motive: Should ABC Cancel or Air Season Two?

Motive season two?The alphabet network has been airing a new Canadian drama on Thursday nights. They found ratings success with Rookie Blue but is this new show also worthwhile? Should it be cancelled or brought back for a second season?

Motive follows Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman), a single mother and Vancouver detective who investigates the motives of killers. Each episode starts with the crime and shows viewers what led to it. Others in the cast include Louis Ferreira, Brendan Penny, Lauren Holly, Cameron Bright, and Roger Cross.

The series debuted on ABC at the end of May and drew a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.52 million viewers. Those aren’t very good numbers and the ratings have gotten worse as the weeks have progressed.

This past Thursday, Motive hit a new low and registered a 0.7 demo rating with just 3.95 million viewers.

Motive is produced in Canada for CTV and, despite decling ratings, was renewed for a second season back in May. It isn’t performing very well for ABC but, like Rookie Blue, it’s not costing them very much either.

If the ratings declines continue, I suspect that ABC won’t bring Motive back next year. They surely aren’t satisfied with the show’s numbers and would prefer to gamble on trying something new. NBC has dropped several Canadian shows over the years because of low ratings, despite their having a lower cost.

What do you think? Should ABC air season two of Motive or should they drop the series instead?

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Kelly August 30, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Love it! Please renew!!


nhp August 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm



Vivian H August 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

I love the show and cast, ABC please renew!


Pam August 30, 2013 at 12:26 am

Please renew this it is different and fun to watch I never missed an issue


kristina williams August 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Please bring Motive back for second season this is a good show and I like the characters. It does make you think why and I like that. It’s an intelligent and interesting show.


Carol Glospie August 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm

this show is the best ever. PLEASE BRING IT BACK instead of the dumb reality shows and ignorant comedy shows.

this shows makes you think. maybe, that is why all people don’t watch it.
my sister and I look forward to it every week.


Diane August 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I agree with lili — this is an intelligent show, keep it on.


Kayla August 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I think it should be given another season!! Give it more of a chance instead of pulling it so soon. I think it’s a good show!!


Lili August 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm

This is an intelligent show – for a change. Please renew it. We don’t need any more “reality” junk.


Ellen August 22, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Please keep the show. I enjoy watching it. There are some on ABC that should have been gone long before their time. At least give it a second season.


Armis August 19, 2013 at 3:54 am

I like the show


Tammy Letourneau August 17, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Please keep the show! Motive shows another angle to how and why of things. We love this show!!!!


Bonnie August 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Enjoy the show and its characters. Love the plot with a different perspective.


Joe August 16, 2013 at 6:16 am

Bring back Motive. I don’t want to have to wait for the dvd to watch season 2.


Sloan August 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm

We love this show! Please give it another chance!
The stories are so interesting, a different point of a view to be sure.


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