‘Quantico’ Season 2 Gets Night Change: Taking Over New Slot In January

The winter finale of Quantico Season 2 aired on Sunday night, but fans were left surprised by the announcement after the episode. The trailer for the midseason premiere in January shared that the show would move to a different night, but will keep its original timeslot. Fans will need to reset their DVR if they record the episodes to watch later.

Quantico Season 2 will move to a Monday night slot from January, taking the Conviction timeslot. ABC’s newest show has not been picked up for more episodes to the season and will conclude in the January period. Quantico seems to be fairing well enough to move into a stronger slot during the week, or at least the network has hopes that it will perform better on Mondays.

Fans were only alerted to the change after the Quantico Season 2 winter finale. The show followed up with confirmation on its official Twitter feed to make it very clear that it is getting a different night.

The move is unsurprising for some. Sunday nights used to be strong for ABC, but have failed in recent years. Mondays are much stronger, and Quantico certainly has potential. It makes sense to switch it to a different night to see how strongly it can perform. The two other shows on Sunday nights, Once Upon a Time and Secret and Lies, wouldn’t fit for the 10 p.m. slot on the Monday nights to give them a better chance in the ratings.

As with any show, the ratings have dropped since the Quantico Season 1 premiere. Originally at 2.3 million in the 18-49 demographic, the ratings have dropped to 0.7 million in the same demographic, according to Variety. If the network wants to keep the intriguing show alive, it needs to help it in some way, and this is the best that it can do. The move to shooting in New York has already saved the network 30 percent compared to Season 1, but it isn’t enough.

Quantico isn’t the only TV show switching night. The CW network announced a complete change to its current line-up. Supernatural and Legends of Tomorrow are switching timeslot and night respectively due to the new drama Riverdale. The Daily Voice News reports that Supernatural will move to an earlier time of 8 p.m. on Thursdays, while Legends of Tomorrow will move to a later timeslot of 9 p.m. on a Tuesday night, slotting in behind The Flash. Riverdale will take Supernatural‘s original slot from the 2016 fall TV schedule.

Conviction also isn’t the only show not getting extra episodes ordered for the pilot season. The CW announced that No Tomorrow and Frequency would continue with the plan of half a season for their pilot seasons. This will allow the network to add in previous fall shows like The Originals and Reign back into the line-up. The 100 and iZombie were also finally given premiere dates for Season 4 and Season 3 respectively.

It is normal for networks to play around with the scheduling come January. There will be shows not performing as strongly as usual, and the networks need to do the best for the advertisers to keep the money coming in. Last year, the CW changed the January line-up by moving The Vampire Diaries and The Originals from Thursday nights to Friday nights, while Reign didn’t return until later in the year.

Fans just need to remember the night changes. Quantico Season 2’s move is a positive move. There is hope that the TV show can do well and that the network has faith in it. Now enough people just need to tune in to keep it going for longer.

Quantico Season 2 will return to ABC on January 23, 2017, at 10 p.m. with all new episodes.

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