ABC Renews Motive for Season 2

Motive renewedABC’s M.O. seems pretty clear: Even modestly-rated original programming is preferable to reruns over the summer.

To wit, the network has picked up the second season of the police procedural Motive, TVLine has confirmed.

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The CTV-produced drama ended its rookie season on ABC last month with 4.7 million viewers and an 0.8 rating, just shy of a series low — yet was renewed in the Great White North back in May.

Season 2 will air on ABC next summer.

Motive is the third ABC summer series to score a pickup in recent weeks, joining rookie soap Mistresses and enduring cop drama Rookie Blue.

Of this summer’s other network fare, CBS’ Under the Dome earned a Season 2 pick-up and NBC cancelled Camp, while the Stateside fate of Crossing Lines — an international production that aired Season 1 on NBC — NBC’s Siberia and ABC’s Whodunnit still remain up in the air.