Friday was a rough day for underperforming new network dramas.
On the heels of NBC cutting “The Player” back to nine episodes, ABC has followed suit and cut down the order for “Blood & Oil.” The show has been trimmed from 13 episodes to 10.
“Blood & Oil” has been a drag on ABC’s Sunday ratings. It’s averaging a meager 1.13 same-day rating in adults 18-49, while the two shows that surround it — “Once Upon a Time” and “Quantico” — have performed much better (1.7 and 1.75 same-day ratings, respectively). The show has also gone through a lot of behind-the-scenes changes, even at one point effectively having two writers’ rooms — one of which didn’t really have anything to do.
The show now has six episodes remaining, which should take it into early December given that ABC has the American Music Awards airing Nov. 22. The network can then reset its Sunday lineup after the new year.