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Conviction - Cancelled

ABC is not moving forward with additional episodes of Hayley Atwell drama Conviction.

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 exec producer Liz Friedman, will remain in its current Mondays at 10 p.m. slot beyond Nov. 14.

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 cut through the clutter, with THR'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."

ABC has opted not to pick up additional episodes of new legal drama Conviction beyond the original 13-episode order. The series, starring Hayley Atwell, is not being pulled from the schedule. It will stay on the air, playing out its 13 produced episodes, though the drama won’t necessarily stay in its Monday 10 PM time slot for all of the remaining 8 episodes.

This is not a cancellation as ABC is retaining an option to order a second season and is keeping the options on the cast. However, 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.

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