‘Conviction’ closer to cancellation as ABC opts against more episodes

Conviction -It’s looking like “Conviction” is getting closer to a death sentence over at ABC.

According to a new report from Deadline, the network is opting against picking up more episodes beyond the original 13 that was ordered at the start of the series. They are opting to produce the entire run for the Hayley Atwell drama, but that’s hardly a guarantee of getting more episodes in the future.

We should make it clear that this is not an official cancellation by any means by the network, given that they are holding the option still to order a second season down the line, if they so choose. However, we don’t see that as likely given where we are right now in the show’s run. The most recent episode posted a pretty-poor 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which pales in comparison to “Castle” season 8 this past year. Consistently it’s been one of their lower-rated new series, and while we didn’t expect it to be a barnburner by any means when it comes to the ratings, we did hope that it would generate a little bit better numbers than this.

We suppose the slim chance that the show has at a future is in the event that everything else on the network tanks in terms of new programming moving forward, while at the same time nothing comes up sunshine and rainbows on the pilot front. Overall, this seems like an incredibly-likely scenario, and this could mark one of the first clear disappointments for Channing Dungey since taking over as ABC programming head prior to this season in the place of Paul Lee.

For Atwell, this would mark the second straight cancellation for her in a year following the end of “Agent Carter,” in the event the show is indeed done.

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