"Conviction" might not even see a Season 2.
According to Deadline, ABC has decided not to pick up additional episodes of "Conviction," beyond the 13 original episodes that have already been produced. Those episodes will still air, the show is not being pulled, and -- despite other reports -- this is not a cancellation. Not yet, anyway. Deadline said the legal drama may not stay in its Monday 10 p.m. slot for the remaining episodes, but the plan is still for those episodes to see the light of day. The network is also reportedly retaining an option to order a second season. However, as Deadline put it, "historically, it has been virtually impossible for a new series that could've gotten a back order but didn't to score a second-season renewal, especially at the ratings levels of 'Conviction.'"
The ratings level? It's not good. So far, five episodes have played, following "Dancing With the Stars" on Monday nights. The "Conviction" pilot had 5.17 million viewers and a 0.9/3 rating/share in the 18-49 demo. The November 7 episode had 3.64 million viewers and a 0.6/2 rating.
However, at least one cast member -- Merrin Dungey (Maxine Bohen) -- is staying positive, shooting down cancellation reports on Twitter:
@ABCConviction isn't cancelled. We are just doing 13 episodes this season.
Trust me, I just spoke 2 ABC pres.
America, however, may be.
— Merrin Dungey (@RealMerrinD) November 9, 2016
There's still hope for the show, if ABC believes in it enough. Do you think it deserves to continue past 13 episodes?
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