‘Quantico’ Renewed for Short Season 3 by ABC

Quantico season 2 premiere
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Quantico” has been renewed for a third season at ABC. The Priyanka Chopra-led espionage drama has received an order for an abbreviated run of 13 episodes.

With the renewal, creator and executive producer Josh Safran will exit his role as showrunner on the series. He will remain with the show’s third season as a consultant. A search for a new showrunner for the ABC Studios drama is underway.

“Quantico” was the one series from ABC’s 2016-17 whose fate remained unresolved heading into this week’s upfront presentation in New York after ABc issued a flurry of renewals, cancellations, and new series pickups last week.

Season two of “Quantico” has averaged a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo over 21 episodes, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers. That’s down 45% from the first season of the show. Season two also averaged 2.8 million total viewers, down 36 percent from the previous season.

With its pickup of “American Idol,” slated according to sources for around 40 broadcast hours next spring, ABC faces a scheduling crunch heading into its upfront presentation in Lincoln Center. The series join previously renewed ABC comedies “Black-ish,” “Modern Family” (for two seasons), “American Housewife,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Speechless,” “The Goldbergs” (for two seasons), and “The Middle,” along with dramas “Once Upon a Time,” “Designated Survivor,” “Agents of SHIELD,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” “Scandal” had previously been renewed for season seven, which will reportedly be the show’s last. The network has canceled “The Real O’Neals,” “Imaginary Mary,” “The Catch,” “Dr. Ken,” “Last Man Standing,” “American Crime,” and “Secrets and Lies.” ABC had previously canceled freshman dramas “Time After Time,” “Notorious,” and “Conviction.”

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  1. Chuck says:

    I liked Time after Time. I hated that canceled that show. I hope they keep quantico I like that show a lot and hope they keep Agents if Shield I like that one. I like Designated Survivor too and hope they continue with that show.

  2. Jackie Romero says:

    I personally love the show. But I have a hard time catching any show at its airtime not just Quantico. It got more difficult for me when the decision to remove it from Hulu was made. After that it was even harder. Tonight, I was finally able to catch up on all the episodes up until the season finale and I must say, I’m not too happy that everything is beginning to look like it coming to its final end. 😔

  3. Christine Q says:

    Hmmm…. I don’t understand why ppl watch a show they supposedly don’t like. I happen to love watching Quantico. I’m excited to find out there will be a season 3 even if it’s only for 13 episodes.

  4. J. P. says:

    The show has improved since they quit all those flashbacks. In my opinion, it is a much better show now than earlier in the season. Glad it is renewed.

  5. Olivia Pope says:

    This better be the last season what a mediocre show !!!

  6. Pooja says:

    Hope the season 3 comes with a better plot and story.

  7. David says:

    Need to get rid off relity show

  8. Lea says:

    Last night certainly seemed like a series ender episode as Chopra heads off to “hide” , sisters reunited etc..
    As a 61 yr old – I am of another TV gen and miss the old days. While Ad dollars shrink- so has the loyalty of viewers. Don’t want network TV to be a grouping of competition shows and not much else.

    • JoeMcG says:

      I’m with you! Unfortunately, the bulk of the TV viewing audience doesn’t seem to be with us. It’s all about production budgets, eye-balls, and ad dollars. Clearly the network likes the lower budgets of these non-scripted shows, but are the networks feeding these to us because they’re cheap, or because there’s a large audience for them? It’s a chicken-and-egg scenario where not enough network executives are willing to roll the dice on good scripted drama… because in this case 2.8 million viewers aren’t enough? I think Netflix would be ecstatic with numbers like that.

  9. I enjoyed the first season, and the first half of the 2nd season. When the producer decided to become a one man campaign to expose all the political ills–as he sees them–for the nation, the show went down hill. I stuck with it because I liked Chopra’s acting and the basic concept of the show was still a good one, but they really took the wrong tack in trying to preach to their audience about present day politics. Conservatives are the people who watch these type of shows…and you’re creative decision is to accuse the newly elected President of treason? And in the process make the characters engage in corruption of their own characters ideals to make a “win” for the show? All I saw in the 2nd season was a show dedicated to making the characters become worse people. Rather than setting high ideals, the show basically said “it’s all over, we have to cheat to win and anything is justified as long as we win in the end”. That’s a lousy message for a show. So I’m not sure if I’ll watch the 3rd season or not. Which is unfortunate because I do like the characters and wish there was a better story line for them to follow.

    • jarrod says:

      i’m definitely not conservative and I love this show

    • Richard L Layman says:

      the way things are now, ou don’t need to have a secret cabal to do the kinds of things done by “the bad guys” on Quantico, you do them via the President, AG, Presidential staff, National Security Council (under Flynn, not McMaster) directly and out in the open.

  10. I really hope that ABC ends up picking up the Reba and Marc cherry drama “Red Blooded” tomorrow! That show seems so good!

  11. Spider says:

    Yeah, I completely agree with Chopra’s decision to branch into movies, since “Quantico” has been on the bubble. I hope she makes an impression in “Baywatch”.

  12. Dani says:

    ABC is obviously not the channel for me since they cancel everything I like. Here’s an FYI…I’m 49.

  13. Sam says:

    In order words, the third season will be the last season for Quantico.

  14. Love Chopra …get her off this mess

  15. George Lewis says:

    Was holding renewal announcement till now simply a strategy to create buzz around the title? Doesn’t this show make lots of $ internationally? Would be better though on a cable channel with less clothing on Priyanka :)

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