Tonight marks the end of ABC’s Deception TV show. The alphabet network decided to cancel the Sunday night drama series after just one season of 13 episodes. Why was it cancelled? Would you have watched a second season?
An ABC crime drama from creator Chris Fedak, Deception stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as illusionist Cameron Black, with Ilfenesh Hadera, Lenora Crichlow, Amaury Nolasco, Justin Chon, Laila Robins, and Vinnie Jones. With big shows in Vegas and New York, Cameron is rocketing to the top, when scandal derails his show and his twin’s life. While watching the news, he realizes that the FBI has been deceived by an illusionist, and whoever it was, stole one of his signature moves. Now, this magician is using his tradecraft to help the Feds apprehend some of the most elusive criminals in the world and hopes to prove his brother, Jonathan (Cutmore-Scott), is an innocent man.
Debuting on March 11th, Deception got off to a decent start with 1.20 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.93 million viewers. The show’s premiere ratings were likely helped by the fact that the first episode aired after the ABC debut of American Idol (which drew a much bigger audience).
Week two saw the ratings drop by more than 32% and the numbers kept dwindling downward as the season progressed. Last week’s episode attracted a 0.60 in the demo with 3.18 million.
With ratings like these. it was no surprise that ABC decided not to order a second season. Unfortunately, filming had already been completed before that decision came down so the writers didn’t have time to wrap things up.
Though the show’s ratings were low, Deception clearly has some devoted fans who wanted the show to continue.
What do you think? Did you like the Deception TV show? Would you have watched season two? Do you think that this show could have been a hit or, was it not made for a broad audience?