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ABC Trims Blood & Oil to 10 Episodes

Is the well starting to dry up?

Shelli Weinstein

Blood & Oil's well could be running dry. ABC has cut the drama's episode order to 10 for its first season, Deadline reports. The series was originally handed a 13-episode count for the season.

Since its premiere, the drama has slipped to a 0.9 rating among adults in the 18-49 demographic, though it faces stiff competition from Sunday Night Football on NBC and The Walking Dead on AMC during the same timeslot.

On Blood & Oil, set in the oil fields of North Dakota, a young couple played by Chace Crawford andRebecca Rittenhouse find themselves pitted against oil tycoon Hap, played by Don Johnson, in his return to prime-time TV.

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Blood & Oil is the third drama to have a trimmed episode order thus far, with both Fox's Minority Report and NBC's The Playershortened.

Blood & Oil airs Sundays at 9/8c on ABC.