ABC axes ‘Spy Game’

ABC has given a quick hook to its midseason action-adventure drama “Spy Game” after three disappointing airings in the Monday 8-9 p.m. slot.

In its place, the Alphabet web will bring back the hourlong drama “Relativity,” effective March 31. “Relativity” has been off the air since mid-January.

This week, “Spy Game” averaged a 5.8 rating and 9 share, which earned it fourth place, according to Nielsen. The show is a joint production between Universal Television and Warner Bros. Television. ABC may burn off some of the remaining 10 episodes from the original 13-episode order during the summer.

“Relativity” had averaged a 6.0 rating and 11 share, according to Nielsen. Its strongest appeal was among women 18-34. The show aired on Saturdays in the 10-11 p.m. slot.

ABC will air the final three episodes of the show’s 17-episode order starting March 31.

ABC also confirmed that it is postponing its “Murder One” miniseries that was to run in three two-hour segments on April 13, 14 and 17. The episodes will likely resurface in the summer. The decision to postpone airing the final episodes of the legal drama, which has struggled in the ratings, does not bode well for the show’s future. The Steven Bochco-produced drama has struggled since its launch last year and this season started with a new lead in Anthony LaPaglia, who replaced Daniel Benzali.

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