Written by Chuck alum Chris Fedak, Deception premiered March 11 and easily won its Sunday 10 PM slot thanks to a lead-in from the debut of American Idol on ABC. Deception‘s bow drew a 1.3 in 18-49 and 6.1 million total viewers — the network’s best scripted premiere numbers in the hour since Quantico in September 2015.
It was a respectable start for a drama in the current ratings environment, though not a breakout. By April 23, though, the series had dropped to its lowest demo rating: a 0.6, with 3.38 million viewers. The series has since recovered a bit, drawing a 0.7-0.8 for its subsequent airings, but that wasn’t enough. In most current ratings, Deception’s Season 1 average is 1.2.
Jack Cutmore-Scott stars as superstar magician Cameron Black in the series, from Warner Bros TV and Berlanti TV. When his career is ruined by scandal, he has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion: the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, Cameron helps the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career.
Ilfenesh Hadera, Amaury Nolasco, Justin Chon, Laila Robins, Vinnie Jones and Lenora Crichlow co-star. The series is executive produced by Fedak along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti TV and Martin Gero. Illusionist David Kwong (Blindspot) co-produces.