Say 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.