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ABC Cuts Order for Drama Series — Is It an Omen That the Show Will Be Canceled? (Yes, It Probably Is)

Oct 25, 2016  •  Post A Comment

The future just became less promising for an ABC drama series, which had its episode order trimmed from 13 installments to 10. Deadline.com reports that the freshman series “Notorious” has been cut back the network.

“This is not an outright cancellation as the network plans to air all 10 produced episodes,” Deadline notes. “But, following a slow ratings start and mostly negative reviews, this is not a good sign for the new drama. Virtually no series whose initial order has been reduced has lived to see a second-season renewal.”

As is tradition, the networks have been leading with the good news and following with the bad. The “Notorious” move follows a period in which the networks have been handing out “back nines” and other extended orders to their best-performing new shows.

“Notorious” premiered Thursday, Sept. 22, to about 5.39 million viewers and has been eroding gradually over its five episodes that have aired so far. The most recent episode, which aired Oct. 20, delivered about 3.89 million viewers.

The series stars Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata.

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