ABC will bring its freshman drama “Conviction” after its initial 13-episode order. It may also be on its way to a different home.
The news came late Tuesday, as election night took up the interest of most of the country. ABC plans to air all 13 episodes of “Conviction” but won’t beyond that this season. Technically the show isn’t canceled, but like “Notorious,” which had its order trimmed a couple weeks ago, a second season is quite unlikely.
“Conviction” never really got out of the gate this season, premiering to a 0.9 rating (live + same-day) in adults 18-49 and has slowly declined since then. Monday’s episode hit a low of 0.6 and 3.64 million viewers.
The series has underperformed the ratings for “Castle” in the 10 p.m. Monday timeslot, coming in about 30 percent lower than “Castle’s” 1.1 average for 2015-16.
“Conviction” is slated to air in its normal timeslot on Nov. 14. After that, however, there’s a chance the show could move to a different home, although just where it would go is unclear, at least for the remainder of the fall.
Other than Sunday night, where “Secrets and Lies” and “Quantico” are also underperforming, no other drama spot is as shaky. It could also go off the air for a time and return to run out its order in early 2017.
“Conviction” stars Hayley Atwell (“Agent Carter”) as the daughter of a former president who takes a job heading a special unit at the Manhattan district attorney’s office to make some of her own legal problems go away. The unit investigates past cases to see whether the right person was convicted.