ABC Plucks ‘Peaks’ In Sked Shuffle

ABC has yanked low-rated Saturday-night series “Twin Peaks” and “Under Cover” and will replace them with a 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. film slot for at least the duration of the February sweeps.

“Twin Peaks” had its final airing in the slot Saturday, with six episodes remaining on its 22-episode order. The David Lynch/Mark Frost-created series has seen its ratings dwindle through the course of the season, falling to dangerously low levels after solving the “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” mystery.

In another sked change, NBC announced it would return “Quantum Leap” to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. – its time period from last year – effective March 6, replacing “Hunter,” which also has six segs remaining on its full-season order.

The move is surprising in light of the fact that “Hunter” had consistently been winning the 10 p.m. slot, whereas “Quantum Leap” had been struggling in its Friday 8 p.m. spot, where it last aired Jan. 9.

NBC has yet to announce a permanent replacement for the Friday slot. The web also said “Hunter” – currently in its seventh season – will return later this season.

One candidate for the Friday slot is “The 100 Lives Of Black Jack Savage,” another Stephen J. Cannell Prods, series. Produced with Disney as part of their family-adventure hour, “Savage” isn’t expected until April.

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