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Motive: Season Two Ratings

Motive TV show on ABCThe ratings for the first season of Motive weren’t very good but ABC renewed it anyway (in part because they license it from Canada so it’s cheaper). Will they want a third season or will the series be cancelled instead? Stay tuned!

Motive revolves around a strong-willed Vancouver detective (Kristin Lehman) who’s also a single mom. At the start of each episode, viewers are shown the killer and victims. As the criminal investigation progresses, details of what led to the crime are revealed via flashbacks. The rest of the cast includes Louis Ferreira, Lauren Holly, Roger Cross, Brendan Penny, and Cameron Bright.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.

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5/29 update: The show has been renewed for a third season in Canada.

Final season averages: 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.07 million total viewers.

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For comparisons: The first season of Motive averaged a 0.9 rating in the demo and 4.96 million viewers.

These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). 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 still like the Motive TV series? Would you like to see it cancelled or renewed for a third season?


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{ 60 comments… read them below or add one }

Aw September 27, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Please renew the show. Love it


funbunch September 20, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Motive is an awesome series, creative interesting plot. Great cast of characters,
Lehman and Ferreira compliment each other well. The show is clean and we have
not missed a episode yet. Keep up the good work!


david brown September 20, 2014 at 8:45 pm

The show presents a very professional crime solving team. Really like the format showing the victim and the murderer from the start. The team searching for the motive is both unique and interesting. Motive is a keeper!


McQ September 20, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Renew “Motive” … most interesting show and marvelous cast.


Matt M. September 19, 2014 at 2:53 am

Great show! Great plots! Unique format! Great cast!
Renew and Keep!


Barbara Mallar September 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Definitely one of the better realistic shows on TV….Motive should be renewed…Cold Case should be brought back, that too was a realistic show and one that was much closer to actuality.


Judy Hubbard September 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm



Lorraine H September 15, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Yes! Love the main characters. Always interesting to see how the put the Victim and the Killer together.


Diane September 15, 2014 at 9:58 am



Kathi Cardenas September 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm

RENEW!! Definitely


karen from Honolulu Hawaii September 8, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Absolutely RENEW!! I watch on cable days later because I know I can see it any time. It’s so convenient for my TV scheduling.


Sadega September 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Without a doubt, the best crime show on TV. Kristin Lehman is Emmy worthy!!


Chuck S. September 7, 2014 at 9:02 am

This is a great show..promote it more and renew it! I like the subplots, but lose the music, can be a little tough to hear…One of the better cop shows around.


Anonymous September 6, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Love it! Sick of reality shows. This show has a great twist.


GG August 31, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Love this show. Creative plot lines and writing. RENEW for season 3 in the US!


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