Amid the 2016 election news, another surprising decision was announced last night — this one in the TV world. Variety reported yesterday (Nov. 8) that ABC has decided not to order more episodes of the fledging lawyer drama, Conviction. A source told the publication that the show’s initial 13 episodes will air, but ABC never ordered the additional 9.
Though ABC’s call doesn’t officially mean Conviction has been cancelled, it’s certainly not looking good for the freshman drama.
The premise of the show lies in lawyer Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell, Marvel’s Agent Carter) choosing between taking a job with her nemesis, New York District Attorney Conner Wallace, or going to jail for committing a crime and hurting her mother’s Senate campaign in the process. Morrison proceeds to work on Wallace’s Conviction Integrity Unit to overturn cases and restore her family’s political standing. Though there’s plenty of meat to the plot, it hasn’t been enough to keep fans coming back on Monday nights.
The series premiered Monday, Oct. 3 at 10/9 c to less-than-expected ratings, and the most recent episode (Monday, Nov. 7) only pulled in 3.64 million viewers — the slowest numbers since the start of the series. ABC still hasn’t commented about the show’s fate, but if Conviction does go off air, it’ll be the first freshman show to get the ax this year.
Created by Liz Friedman (Elementary, Jessica Jones) and Liz Friedlander (Gossip Girl, 90210), Conviction is produced by Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios.