ABC Axes ‘The Assets’ After Two Episodes


ABC Axes ‘The Assets’ After Two Episodes


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

- The Assets

Written by: akoerner
Jan 10th, 2014, 7:53 pm

Images courtesy of ABC, Adam J. Giese


Message Posted On Feb 18th, 2014, 8:21 pm
Finally a smart, well acted series, so of course they cancel it...I think I'll stick with HBO at least they complete the series

Message Posted On Jan 18th, 2014, 7:06 pm
Why do they always pull series just when you get into the story and start looking forward to the next week?

Message Posted On Jan 18th, 2014, 12:58 pm
OK it wasn't an Emmy Winner but it dealt with a very scary part of our history, I liked it, it was written for adults not retards, Shark Tank ?? God help us, we get more stupid every year and the Empty Suit Network execs bail unless it's an instant hit. When you can find far better original shows on FX,AMC,etc. Unless you like Sports the Networks are a joke. I hope somebody else picks it up.

Message Posted On Jan 17th, 2014, 11:20 pm
I actually enjoyed this. It left you on a bit of a hanger. Can they release the rest on the net or something just so we can watch the whole series please. I hate it when they cancell things. Yes I was also annoyed when they cancelled Ironside - I was liking that to.

Message Posted On Jan 17th, 2014, 5:29 pm
Surprised this did so poorly, I thought it was a pretty solid show for ABC. These days the only new series you can count on sticking around are on HBO.

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Message Posted On Jan 14th, 2014, 1:10 pm

Well, I actually liked this  but I guess audiences didn't have an appetite for more cold war stuff, I hope it was completed and we'll get to see it in the end. Looking forward to "The Americans" returning .....


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Message Posted On Jan 11th, 2014, 12:47 pm

Hadn't watched the aired ones yet.  Guess I'll put them on ice and wait to see if the others get burned off later.

But, like "Daybreak" several years ago, I think it's a stupid move on ABC's part.  Order an N-episode series to fill a gap in the year so you don't have to show reruns.  Decide it's underperforming after a few installments and show reruns anyway.  Huge waste of money on their part and the producers of these things must be livid.


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Message Posted On Jan 11th, 2014, 11:49 am

 myself, i was liking this show!!! i think most producers are now stayin away from these stations!! its just not worth watching them when all they do is pull gud programming!!! yeah maybe this show was not the greatest, but its sure worth watching then "reality" tv!!! the show was only gonna be on for six weeks!!! so i guess ABC thinks showing repeats wil get those #'s up!!! way to go think tank!!


Message Posted On Jan 11th, 2014, 9:33 am
I just get the logic behind this. This puts out the message NOT to watch any news shows in case they vanish from the screen. When nobody watches the show, they pull the plug. How are you supposed to win this 'game'?

Message Posted On Jan 11th, 2014, 7:34 am
Sorry, a good serie, a good argument, very bad thematic for Snowden times... despite the anti-sovietic scenario's propagandise.
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