6:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Hayley Atwell Starrer 'Conviction' Won't Get Additional Episodes
ABC is not moving forward with additional episodes of Hayley Atwell drama Conviction, though the network is retaining the cast options.
The Disney-owned network will produce the initial 13 episodes of the struggling freshman drama, with the series not receiving any additional orders. It's also unclear if Conviction, from executive producer Liz Friedman, will remain in its current Mondays at 10 p.m. slot beyond Nov. 14. ABC has retained options on the cast — including Atwell — for a potential second season consideration, though the show's lackluster ratings and reviews make that seem highly unlikely.
Conviction, starring Agent Carter grad Atwell as the daughter of a former president who becomes head of an agency examining the wrongly accused, opened Oct. 3 to a disappointing 0.9 rating among adults 18-49. It ranked as the lowest-rated series premiere this fall and was down 17 percent from last season's time slot occupant, the since-canceled Castle. Monday's fifth episode collected 3.6 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating in the demo. Its haul among viewers 18-34 was the lowest on broadcast Monday, bested by both The CW's Supergirl and Jane the Virgin. Poor reviews most certainly did not help it cut through the clutter, with The Hollywood Reporter's chief TV critic Tim Goodman calling the series "a law procedural so paint-by-numbers it's like everybody gave up halfway through and added terrible colors out of boredom."
The ABC Studios/Mark Gordon Co. and Entertainment One effort, co-starring ABC Entertainment Group president Channing Dungey's sister, Merrin Dungey, is slated to air its sixth episode on Nov. 14. It's unclear if the series will air all of its remaining episodes in the slot beyond that date.
Conviction becomes ABC's second swing and miss this fall. The network recently trimmed the order for fellow freshman drama Notorious (from 13 to nine). The rest of ABC's fall freshmen — drama Designated Survivor and comedies American Housewife and Speechless — have all moved on to full-season orders.
Meanwhile, ABC has a stocked midseason bench of series awaiting premiere dates, including season two of Shonda Rhimes' The Catch and freshman Still Star-Crossed as well as Kevin Williamson's Time After Time and comedies Downward Dog and Imaginary Mary. Scandal's return has already been scheduled for Jan. 19, where it will take over for Notorious and bring ABC's Rhimes-branded TGIT block back to Thursdays.