“Summertime and the living is easy,” or so the song goes. Meanwhile though, some people are doing hard time, and doubt exists as to whether or not they ever did the crime. Enter The Last Defense TV show. This new series dives back into cases which had been considered closed. When the weather’s warm and schedules are lighter, does the viewing audience still have an appetite for heavy, true crime stories? Will The Last Defense be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
An ABC docu-series from executive producers Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, The Last Defense investigates flaws in the US justice system. In its first season, the TV series takes a hard look at the death row cases of both Darlie Routier and Julius Jones. It zooms in on their paths to death row, while providing the audience with in-depth coverage of their personal stories. The series delves into those cases which were once considered open-and-shut.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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What do you think? Do you like The Last Defense TV series? Should this ABC TV show be cancelled or renewed for a second season?
*Status update: It’s been more than a year since ABC aired a new episode of The Last Defense so it’s assumed to be cancelled/ended.