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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 revealved 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.

8/21 update: You can see the rest of the latest night’s ratings.

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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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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Peggye August 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Please renew this show. It is cool, smart and easy to watch. Love the pace of this show.
Please,please,please don’t cancel.


Tony harris August 21, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Motive is a lot like Columbo in that shows the victim and killer ahead of the time and then the audience gets to watch the police piece together the clues and catch the killer. I love the show, acting and the script. Please please do not cancel the show; there’s too much trash on TV now and removing this show would be a grave injustice.


Mike August 21, 2014 at 12:28 am

The ONLY show we purposely tune into each week.


Steve Hubbard August 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm

This is one of the best crime dramas on TV. The premise is very interesting, great acting, and suspenseful! It’s crime noir and nothing to compare it with. For that alone it should be renewed for season 3. I can’t wait each week for it to come on and it’s just one of my favorites!


Joyce Pavlicek August 10, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Really enjoy Motive especially the format and the chemistry between the lead actors. Oh well it will probably be cancelled as it doesn’t follow the same old cop format .


Carmen Carrabsco August 10, 2014 at 6:56 am

Wen I started seein da show I liked it alot, I would like for u to bring it back pplz. Who knw u just pikin it frim da Canadian no lost there just to bring season back.


kobemom August 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm

I hope ABC keeps this show. It is well-written and well-acted. The two main characters have great chemistry and both actors are very enjoyable to watch.


LH July 31, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I really like the universe of this show. (Maybe that just means I like Canada.) I also like the strong, mature female lead and the way the male partner is simply respectful – not intimidated, not hostile, not trying to date her or be cute – just working with her and appreciating her.


Dave Brown July 31, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Additional post: Reminds me of Columbo as viewers know who did what, they just want to know why and watch the deductive reasoning process the detectives use. This to me is different and intriguing. This show if shown year round , I believe would grow in popularity as the the characters are very interesting especially Lehman’s.


Dave Brown July 31, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Love cop shows. Really like the format of Motive and Kristin Lehman makes her character very believable. Also like the brief dashes of humor. Wish it was a regular season program but it will probably be cancelled because it is different and not the same old stuff! Hope not!


Linda July 31, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Love the show. It gives a new twist to law enforcement shows. Background music is too loud to understand dialogue. Hope they will tone it down.


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