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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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Lain September 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Bring this show back for season 2! Finally a descent procedural!


Susan September 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Love Motive….renew for sure!


Janet September 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Absolutely renew it!! Good twist on all the detective shows, I really liked it.


Marcia September 11, 2013 at 9:25 am

Really like the show!! Keep it going.


Janice September 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Fabulous show…….hope for MANY more seasons to come. HATE the reality shows. Bunch of junk. Motive keeps me engaged for the entire hour!


Jean September 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Renew, it’s a great show


LB September 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm

For me, as long as CTV renewed it, I’m good (since that’s where I watched it to begin with)


Rene` September 6, 2013 at 3:17 am

Above average. Good fit for summertime viewing. I say bring it back it’s a lot better than another poorly conceived reality show that ABC will most likely fill it with.


angie September 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Please show Season 2.We will keep on watching!


Sue September 5, 2013 at 2:25 am

Motive has been renewed in Canada – my husband is working security on it right now.


Janice September 9, 2013 at 9:03 pm



BIBill September 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

Keep Motive on the air.
It has a nice, free look and the characters are engaging.
KEEP IT ON THE AIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lisa Page September 2, 2013 at 12:00 am

DO NOT CANCEL!!! Love this show.


Suzanne September 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm

I love motive!!!!! Please don’t cancel!!!!


Jon August 31, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I have enjoyed Motive very much. I have heard rumors that it will not be back for a second season. Does anyone know what will happen to the series??


Linda August 30, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Motive has to be renewed!! I love this show!!!


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