ABC cancels two new dramas
November 19, 2012
As the November sweeps draw to an end, the networks seem to be clearing out their schedules.
ABC canceled two new dramas on Friday, just hours after CBS axed the new sitcom “Partners.”
“666 Park Avenue” and “Last Resort” will air the remaining shows in their 13-episode orders but will not produce anymore.
They will be replaced in January, though ABC has not yet said what will slide into their slots. The network has given full-season pickups to two other new shows, “The Neighbors” and “Nashville.”
“Resort” tied a series low this past Thursday with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen. The show airs in a tough timeslot at 8 p.m. opposite CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” and Fox’s “The X Factor.”
Media buyers wondered about ABC’s strategy in putting the show on Thursday night, where its other dramas, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” skew heavily female. “Resort” is a male-skewing show about the crew of a rogue submarine.
“Park” has averaged a 1.6 Sundays at 10 and proven unable to retain enough of its “Revenge” lead-in to satisfy ABC. The timeslot has given the network trouble for years, though “Park,” with its soapy premise, had seemed a good fit for the network’s very female-skewing night.
This brings the number of shows canceled this season to five. NBC’s “Animal Practice” and CBS’s “Made in Jersey” were the earliest casualties.
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