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The Paul Rhys starrer clocked in 2.9 million viewers during its second episode broadcast last night following a record-low debut on the Alphabet on Jan. 2.
ABC ordered the eight-part miniseries last summer.
Show, which centers on 1980s CIA Cold War culture, is produced by Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Andrew Chapman. “Assets” is based on the book “Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed” by vet CIA officers Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille.
- AJ Marechal
With the holidays in the rearview mirror and pilot season revving into high gear, the time has come for the major networks to unveil the programming they didn’t deem good enough for a much-hyped fall premiere. Midseason shows can be great (“Moonlighting”!) or they can fail miserably (any spring at NBC), so program your DVRs with care. But good or not, there will always be an actor or two worth seeking out. CBS, the Goliath of the Big Four, has only one midseason series scheduled: “Intelligence,” starring Josh Holloway as a spy with a computer chip embedded in his brain and Marg Helgenberger looking out for him. Since it’s CBS, expect a lot of procedural and not too much questioning of what that means, ethically. (And put a pin in the net’s upcoming adaptation of the Cameron Diaz movie “Bad Teacher,” starring Ari Graynor and not yet on the schedule. »
Based on the book Circle of Treason, The Assets follows the real life story of CIA counter-intelligence officers Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker) and Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) as they search for Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys), the most notorious traitor in Us History. Others in this 1980s drama include include Stuart Milligan, Julian Ovenden, Christina Cole, and Ralph Brown.
Airing opposite new episodes of Elementary on CBS and Parenthood on NBC, The Assets was in a distant third place. It premiered with a dismal 0.7 rating (a 0.66 actually) in the 18-49 demographic and 3.77 million total viewers -- the lowest series premiere in the history of the four big networks.
This is in huge contrast to the ratings of Scandal, »
It appears that ABC intends for The Assets to be a mini-series with just eight episodes. But, if the show is a big hit in the ratings, can a second season be far behind? What will happen? Stay tuned!
The Assets revolves around the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officers Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker) and Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) and their search for the most notorious traitor in Us History, Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys). Others in the cast include Stuart Milligan, Julian Ovenden, Christina Cole, and Ralph Brown.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest. »
Episodes: Eight (hour)
TV show dates: January 2, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been ended
TV show description:
This drama is based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker). The story takes place in 1985 during the end of the Cold War.
Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) have vowed to find the mole that 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.
Also a beautiful wife and mother, Sandy lives her own double »
On TV this Thursday: Community returns with a double study session, The Taste sizzles up a second season, the hunt for The Assets is on and will The Big Bang Theory pop the big bang question? As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Taste (ABC) | Two-hour Season 2 premiere: Judges Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson winnow a group of culinary hopefuls down to this season’s 16 competitors.
- Kimberly Roots
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