In renewing series like “Galavant” and “Agent Carter,” ABC proved that it was not looking exclusively at ratings when making scheduling decisions.
Nowhere is that notion more true than in its decision to book anthology drama “American Crime” for a second season.
Low-rated in a vacuum, the series’ first season performance has been particularly weak in context. “American Crime” routinely turns away upwards of 50% of its “Scandal” (and sometimes “Grey’s Anatomy”) lead-in.
And insofar as it lacks the synergy that former timeslot occupant “How to Get Away with Murder” possesses with the night’s other Shondaland shows, it might even be hurting the night’s overall performance.
Ratings for “Scandal” have taken a particularly noticeable hit this spring, and many believe the lack of a compatible 10PM drama is at least partially to blame. The one-two punch of “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” created a must-see, event feel that likely enhanced both series’ numbers. The incompatible “Scandal” and “American Crime” do not seem to be benefiting each other in that manner.
Still, “American Crime” offers ABC critical acclaim, potential consideration from awards bodies and the chance to lure high-profile actors with its annual “event” format. All of those tenets add value, and all were enough to score “American Crime” a second season.