Motive: Season Two Pick Up from ABC

Motive season twoABC has picked up the second season of Motive, their summer police procedural series. The next 13 episodes will air next summer.

Motive centers around 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 last May and the 13 episodes averaged just a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.96 million total viewers. The series hit a low of a 0.7 rating with 3.95 million in early August but the numbers grew after that.

Ordinarily, there’s no way ABC would bring this series back but they don’t produce it. They only license Motive so it’s much cheaper for them to air.

The series is produced in Canada for the CTV network and they ordered a second season back in May. ABC’s picking up the series will help fill the alphabet network’s summer schedule with scripted content that ultimately doesn’t cost them very much.

Whatever the reason, it’s good news for Motive’s small audience.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear Motive will be back on ABC? Did you stick with it all summer?

29 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Ing says

    My husband and I love the show. Such a great concept to identify the killer and victim and keeps us guessing as to what the motive is. Love the actors — such great chemistry. Hope this show is aired for quite a while.

  2. carol says

    I just LOVE,LOVE this show! It has a new twist on crime solving dramas & it works.
    The cast is perfect & it keeps you guessing until the very end..
    Please bring on more episodes!!!

  3. Donna says

    I’m so glad to see this series coming back to Canadian tv. It is so very unique and well acted. LOVE the chemistry with all the actors! A wonderful concept ; to show the killer, victim, and crime first and work the entire show up to the motive.

  4. Mary Behling says

    What a terrific show, the actors are perfect for their characters. The storylines are engaging. I hope the show comes back for 2015……

  5. says

    I have watched every episode of Motive with eager anticipation. Perhaps the reviewer could have left out the part where they wrote that “Motives small viewing audience will be pleased.” In my singular opinion that was rude and uncalled for. But then, I am not a literary genius like those who sit back writing reviews of tv, live performance and movies. Those who can’t – become critics.

  6. lisa says

    i love motive, great show! i also like how, in the tradition of columbo, you see the crime committed first then see the detectives solve it afterward.

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