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Motive: Season One Ratings

Motive TV show ratingsThere are plenty of crime dramas but Motive has a twist. The audience is shown the killer’s identity at the start of each episode. Will this be enough to make it a ratings winner for ABC? We shall see.

The first season of Motive typically airs Thursday nights on the ABC network. The drama’s cast includes Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira, Lauren Holly, Roger Cross, Brendan Penny, and Cameron Bright.

Below are the TV show’s ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if ABC will want to air a second season of Motive.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

UPDATE: ABC has picked up season two of Motive.

Final season averages: 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.96 million total viewers.

Episodes 01-12 & 01-13: Thursday, 08/29/13
0.8 in the demo (-20% change) with 4.72 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 0.92 in the demo with 4.96 million.

Episode 01-11: Thursday, 08/22/13
1.0 in the demo (+25% change) with 4.68 million (+8% change).
Season averages: 0.95 in the demo with 5.00 million.

Episode 01-10: Thursday, 08/15/13
0.8 in the demo (+14% change) with 4.32 million (+9% change).
Season averages: 0.94 in the demo with 5.03 million.

Episode 01-09: Thursday, 08/08/13
0.7 in the demo (-13% change) with 3.95 million (-13% change).
Season averages: 0.96 in the demo with 5.11 million.

Episode 01-08: Thursday, 08/01/13
0.8 in the demo (0% change) with 4.52 million (-5% change).
Season averages: 0.99 in the demo with 5.26 million.

Episode 01-07: Thursday, 07/25/13
0.8 in the demo (0% change) with 4.76 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 1.01 in the demo with 5.36 million.

Episode 01-06: Thursday, 07/18/13
0.8 in the demo (0% change) with 4.62 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 1.05 in the demo with 5.46 million.

Episode 01-05: Thursday, 07/11/13
0.8 in the demo (-11% change) with 4.76 million (-7% change).
Season averages: 1.10 in the demo with 5.63 million.

Episode 01-04: Thursday, 06/27/13
0.9 in the demo (-25% change) with 5.11 million (-11% change).
Season averages: 1.18 in the demo with 5.85 million.

Episode 01-03: Thursday, 05/30/13
1.2 in the demo (-8% change) with 5.72 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 1.27 in the demo with 6.10 million.

Episode 01-02: Thursday, 05/23/13
1.3 in the demo (0% change) with 6.06 million (-7% change).
Season averages: 1.30 in the demo with 6.29 million.

Episode 01-01: Monday, 05/20/13
1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.52 million total viewers.
Season averages: 1.30 in the demo with 6.52 million.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like Motive TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season on ABC?


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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

anthony lallo July 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

great show–great characters -well written –no car chases or magic tricks so I guess it will be canceled


Tamela Greenberg July 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

Watch a lot of crime shows and wasn’t looking to add anymore, but I really like this show! I hope they flesh out the main characters more and give the show a chance!


Danny Albert July 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Interesting idea, the why-done-it is supposed to be the climax of the episode, the majority of which are a bit bland and generic. The 2 main detectives are bland as can be, love the actors but they can do so much better than they’re allowed to be here. As the climaxes of the episodes are not all that interesting, they need to increase my emotional interest in the 2 main detectives, the combination might keep me interested, otherwise cancel it. (Hello! You introduced her son and they have a modern day single distracted mother relationship that had some promise and then we never saw him for more than 5 minutes!) I’m disappointed they’ve made this interesting show so generic, I find myself doing other things and realizing I forgot I was watching this show.


cat July 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

another great show….which means it will probably be cancelled :(


Linda D June 27, 2013 at 10:24 pm

LOVE THIS SHOW. PLEASE GIVE IT A CHANCE. I love the main character. She’s a riot and great in her role. I watched her on the Killing and she was fantastic on that also.


WallE August 11, 2013 at 7:44 am

She was on the courtroom drama “Century City” (with Viola Davis) which took place in LA in 2048; but the show aired in the mid-90’s… All 13 (or so) episodes are on Netflix. I watched it in the winter and spring and it was cool to see her pop up in the previews for Motive.


veva June 18, 2013 at 12:06 am

I love this show! It has a good script and performances are believable. I really hope it won’t get canceled.


Mary Cunningham June 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Loving this show..why just 3 episodes..please don’t let it be cancelled


jasmine June 14, 2013 at 10:46 am

I really liked the show. don’t cancel!!!


Travis Harclerode June 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Please keep the show, it is very entertaining


Richard June 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Loved it. Please don’t cancel it!


Denny June 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

This is another one of those interesting shows that keeps me wanting more. The acting is believable and the casting is excellent. I love this show and although I don’t know the first episode that was aired, watching them out of sequence doesn’t seem to matter at this point in time. It’s just good television. Thanks for keeping this one.


Richard June 4, 2013 at 11:30 am

My wife and love the cast. Interesting concept for a TV program.Different from other detective shows.


janice June 2, 2013 at 7:22 pm

love this show! The family is hooked and hope it stays around for a long time!


Bill Marshall May 31, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Interesting variation of the crime drama. It’s fun to see the killer and victim at the opening and then follow the trail that brings them together. Hope it makes it


Linda Grijalva May 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Motive is a mix of characters similar to other shows.
The cast does not fit together it is more or less like Castle, Body of Proof and other crime shows put together but does not carry it off like the others.


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