ABC has scaled back on its episode order for new drama “Notorious,” trimming the show from 13 to 10 episodes and effectively signaling the show will be done this season.
The series has suffered weak ratings as part of the network’s Thursday-night lineup. ABC plans to air all 10 episodes, which would take the show through November or, assuming a Thanksgiving night off, the beginning of December. “Notorious” is not officially canceled, but no show that had its order cut in 2015-16 was renewed for this season, so the prognosis is pretty bleak.
The network asked “Notorious” to fill the fairly sizable shoes of “Scandal” in the fall, as that show was delayed until early 2017 in part to accommodate star Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. It hasn’t gone well.
The show about the relationship between a TV news producer (Piper Perabo) and an attorney (Daniel Sunjata) debuted to a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and has been below 1.0 in each of the past three weeks. Each time out, it has lost more than half of its lead-in audience from “Grey’s Anatomy.”
The Cancel Bear had the show rated as a likely cancellation ahead of the news of its order being cut.
“Scandal” will likely return to the 9 p.m. Thursday spot in early 2017. ABC hasn’t announced its midseason premiere dates yet.