“Quantico” will be back on ABC next season, albeit for a shorter time — and also with a new person in charge.
The network renewed the second-year show late Monday, ahead of its upfront presentation to advertisers Tuesday. It’s for a shorter season, however — 13 episodes as opposed to 22 for each of the first two.
The series will also have a new showrunner in Season 3 — creator Josh Safran is leaving the post, although he’ll remain as a consultant on the new season. His replacement hasn’t been hired yet.
“My deal on the show was two years only, and it’s up,” Safran tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m leaving the show in a good place and capable hands.”
“Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra, Blair Underwood, Jake McLaughlin, Johanna Braddy, Aunjanue Ellis, Yasmine Al Massri, Russell Tovey and Pearl Thusi. The show underwent a creative shift in the middle of this season, turning focus away from Alex (Chopra) and her cohorts training at the FBI academy to a complex plot involving a plan to undermine the U.S. government from within.
Neither those changes, nor a shift from Sunday to Monday nights, did much to help ratings. The show averages a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 the night it airs and about 2.8 million viewers. It will be ABC’s lowest-rated returning show next season, a few hundredths of a point behind “Agents of SHIELD.”
It does perform well in delayed viewing, doubling its 18-49 rating to 1.4 and growing to 4.89 million viewers with seven days of DVR playback. The show also has a streaming deal with Netflix.
“Quantico” joins these shows that have been renewed for the 2017-18 season and beyond.