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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  1. Leslie says

    Please renew this series–a novel, interesting approach to crime drama. Nice to see something different, figure out the puzzle as it goes along, and to have a female protagonist-I love it.

  2. Karin says

    My husband and I watched it every week …. Sometimes it takes a couple of Seasons for a show to really take off ! I think it be given a chance to succeed in America as well !

  3. Debbie says

    What are happily married people suppose to watch during the week? Glad to see 20/20 still in there. The Bachelor shows don’t apply…Dancing with the Stars is getting really old…and Wipeout…don’t even know what that shows about??? So disappointed Body of Proof is gone…Castle is just not believable enough but Motive…how refreshing…please give us this one to appreciate during the regular season!

    • Anonymous says

      Right on Deb! Finally a respectable , believable, intelligent show n bam!!! Nice reflection on society’s head space. Houston, we got a problem;(

  4. Rosita on Monita says

    Our family really likes tis show and watched all summer. Probably not fair to judge viewing numbers from summer season only. ABC please give it another chance!

  5. Eileen Varady says

    I look forward every week to watching Motive and think the idea of the show is great please don’t cancel Motive!!!!

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