An ABC drama, season three of Quantico stars Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Johanna Braddy, Russell Tovey, Alan Powell, Marlee Matlin, and Blair Underwood. Alex Parrish (Chopra) left the CIA behind for three years of peaceful anonymity in Italy. Now, though, Ryan (McLaughlin) convinces her to help save Shelby (Braddy) from a notorious international arms dealer known only as The Widow. They draft Harry (Tovey) and Owen (Underwood) to their cause. Owen tags in Jocelyn Turner (Matlin), who has a history with The Widow. Together, they form a whole, new black-ops force.
The series debuted in September 2015 to some very good ratings. It looked like ABC might have a new hit series but the ratings quickly fell and the first season averaged a 1.24 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.34 million viewers. The network renewed the series for a second season in March 2016, when only half of the season had aired.
Producers made some changes to the series, likely hoping that the numbers for season two would be better. That didn’t happen. Season two ended up averaging a 0.67 demo rating with 2.79 million viewers. That was a huge season-to-season decline. Still, Quantico landed a third season renewal, possibly due to lucrative streaming and international deals.
This time around, ABC held Quantico until much later in the season. Network execs seemed resigned to the idea that Quantico wasn’t going to draw very good ratings. After three weeks of Thursday night airings, the series was moved to Friday nights. The ratings were terrible, even for a Friday night show. It’s been averaging a 0.43 demo rating with 2.57 million viewers. With numbers like these, it was no surprise that ABC decided to call it quits and cancelled Quantico. Of course, that doesn’t mean that loyal viewers are ready for the show to end.
What do you think? Would you have watched season four of the Quantico TV show? Do you think that the ABC show should have been cancelled? Should it have been cancelled sooner?