ABC Pulls Cold War Drama ‘The Assets’ From Schedule

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The AssetsSay goodbye to The Assets. ABC has pulled the plug on the Cold War mini-series, effective immediately. Repeat episodes of Shark Tank will fill The Assets vacant slot on Thursday nights for the next three weeks. There is no word yet of or when the six unaired episodes of The Assets will air.

The move to pull The Assets comes after the series’ disastrous showing in the ratings. The series premiered on January 2nd to 3.8 million viewers and a 0.7 A18-49 rating, before slipping to 2.9 million viewers and a 0.6 A18-49 rating this week, ranking as this season’s lowest rated original drama (a title claimed by Do No Harm last season). The dismal ratings for the series were not helped by ABC’s lack of promotion for the series.

Based on the book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed, The Assets is an eight-part limited series based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker). The year 1985 serves as the backdrop to the final showdown of the Cold War when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) vowed to find the mole who would turn out to be the most notorious traitor in US History, Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys). Sandy is in a race against time to save the Soviet intelligence officers from being caught and killed. Living her own double life at home, this beautiful wife and mother vowed to stop at nothing until she uncovered the truth. The mini was produced by ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions with Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Andrew Chapman serving as executive producers. The directors are Peter Medak, Trygve Diesen and Jeff T. Thomas.

  • Roger

    Just checked out “The Assets” via on denamd. Great show hjooked immediately only to find that ABC dumped program. What a mistake!

  • Victor L Mote

    To Whom It May Concern!
    This is incomprehensible. I was truly looking forward to the next installments. Found it fascinating. I am devastated, but understand the “numbers” game. Surely, the public knows what’s best for itself. Guess I shall have to buy the DVD-set. Too bad; so-o-o sad.

  • Betsy Cosmos

    Thanks so much, ABC…get me hooked on a story and then pull the plug. Not fair! Just because you didn’t promote the show enough and just because you “only” had 2.9 million viewers doesn’t mean that us 2.9 million people don’t count for something!!! It’s not always about the bottom line, you know. Maybe some of us would like some intelligent shows once in a while. I was enjoying the story and am disgusted you pulled the plug. Shame on you.

  • David Esquivel

    I think that’s bullshit that you ABC pull the piug in the middle of the miniseries. At least send me a copy of the entire miniseries so I can watch in full, I looked forward each thursday nigth to see the show!

  • Melissa

    At least put the unaired episodes up on Amazon so I can finish watching it. I think this should be required of all TV shows after the shows have been shot.