Well, that didn’t take long. ABC’s newest drama ‘The Assets’ has already been pulled from the network’s schedule after two episodes, effective immediately.
Last week, the Cold War spy drama premiered as the lowest-rated in-season network drama ever. Its first week showed a 0.7 demo rating, with its second week slipping to a 0.6, in addition to pulling in fewer than 3 million viewers.
So, what will replace ‘The Assets’? For the next three weeks, ‘Shark Tank’ repeats will air in the Thursday 10 p.m. timeslot. Then, Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal,’ starring Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated Kerry Washington, returns Feb. 27.
Originally set as an eight-part miniseries, the show was based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence office Sandy Grimes, played by Jodie Whittaker (‘Broadchurch’). It looked to tell the story of the final Cold War showdown when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) promised to hunt down the mole that would turn out to be the most notorious traitor in U.S. history, Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys, ‘Borgia’).
The series, which took place in 1985, also starred Stuart Milligan, Julian Ovenden (‘Downton Abbey’), Christina Cole and Ralph Brown.
‘The Assets’ was also based on the book ‘Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed’ by Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuile