No Sign Of Chemistry In Story Or Characters

Amidst the fall frenzy of new TV, ABC's drama Betrayal was lost in the shuffle. It premiered low, with critic responses that aren't much better.

ABC's Betrayal premieres low

It's turned out to be a great fall TV season. Sleepy Hollow, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Blacklist would be enough to keep us going until spring, but we've only just started the premieres. There are still more to come! That doesn't mean there weren't some flops among the pack. The biggest disappointment so far this season seems to come from ABC's Sunday-night drama Betrayal.

The ratings are in and the show premiered to 5.3 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating. Ouch. You can compare that to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which premiered to 12.1 million with a 4.7 rating, not including DVR and Hulu views, according to Variety.

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Betrayal follows Sara and Jack who meet and have an affair. Minus any sort of chemistry.

No really, that's about it.

They decide after a short conversation that they're the missing links in each other's lives despite both being married to other people.

Betrayal tries to mix things up by setting up a conspiracy-type story line in the courtroom. Jack and Sara's husband, Drew, are both lawyers. Though it isn't interesting or suspenseful enough to even leave us curious.

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The New York Times called the show an "unsurprising dynamic" with "generic-looking" actors. And that was on the nicer end of criticism.

USA Today says the show is "best avoided."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Betrayal may be the most bland look at finding one's soulmate in another's husband or wife ever dreamt up."

We have to agree with the verdict. This show appears to be going nowhere fast, which is disappointing considering the press leading up to the premiere looked so intriguing. Affairs are happening everywhere on TV these days. Nothing makes this one stand out. We don't think it will be standing for long.

What did you think of the Betrayal premiere?

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Comments on "Betrayal premiere fails to spark curiosity"

Suzanne Balkenbush March 09, 2014 | 6:40 PM

This was my favorite television show. I csn' This was one of my favorite shows. I can't believe people didn't see any chemistry between Sara and Jack. I thought it was very hot between them. I am going to be very disappointed if it doesn't return.

Ashley January 20, 2014 | 5:55 AM

Love this show! I think it would do much better on a different night rather than Sunday. There are so many twist and turns it too soon the end!

Carol January 20, 2014 | 12:05 AM

Love Love Love this show...& so do all my friends...who in the world are these Stupid Critics that say there is no chemistry, their attractions is electric... Sara is stunning in a very natural way.. I live in Calif ..& we allll think it is a fabulous series..Yes I agree get rid of some of the low level trash, reality shows..that dumbs down the audience...poss move it, it is in a very competitive time on Sunday gezzz give it a chance..

beckie January 19, 2014 | 8:31 PM

Don't cancel the show. I love this show especially y a** Jack. I think if they were going to cancel it the show them maybe they should not have ended it just the way they did. I would be so pissed off if I didn't know who came to meet her at the restaurant.

Diane January 19, 2014 | 7:21 PM

This is one great show but they want to cancel it well they need to cancel the stupid reality shows . It is a show for adults but we get tired of seeing all those reality shows and late at night it unwinds some of us in sitting and watching Betrayal!,,

Steph January 15, 2014 | 2:03 PM

Love/Hate relationship. I binge-watched the first few episodes and didn't find it particularly interesting yet I keep watching it every week to see what's next. I wouldn't be surprised if it got cancelled though. All of the main characters look the same, it took me a good 6 episodes to tell them apart. It does however have the potential to be really interesting but it's falling a little flat. I'm still interested to see how the storyline unfolds, but recently I've been finding myself a little bored because it is a very slow-paced show. Either way I'll probably continue watching it but solely because I'm the type of person that likes to finish something they've started and not because it's one of my favorite shows.

Peggi January 13, 2014 | 7:33 PM

Love Love Love the show!!! I think it would have had more viewers if not up against NFL. Would love to see a 2nd season!!!

Denise January 05, 2014 | 8:14 PM

Love this show! Lots of unexpected twists and turns. Discovered late fall 2013. Give the show an opportunity in same time slot; different day in 2014 !

Debbie January 04, 2014 | 10:22 PM

Betrayal is a welcome change from all of the dumb reality shows and airhead comedies. Finally a show with substance! This show has so many twists and turns that it always holds my interest. It's too bad that it had to placed against Sunday night football. ABC, at least give it a second season with a different time slot!

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