ABC 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?