ABC stops ‘Going to Extremes’

ABC has pulled its low-rated Joshua Brand-John Falsey series “Going to Extremes” from the February sweeps.

The network announced Thursday that the final three installments from the series’ original order will air at 10 p.m. Wednesdays on Jan. 13, 20 and 27.

Spex will occupy the slot in February.

“Extremes,” which has been airing at 10 p.m. Tuesdays, will exchange time periods next month with another low-rated series, Steven Bochco’s “Civil Wars.”

Bochco’s skein will move from Wednesdays into its new Tuesday slot on Jan. 19 and remain there “until further notice,” ABC noted in a statement.

By flip-flopping the two shows, ABC hopes to breathe some ratings life into “Wars,” which stars Mariel Hemingway and Peter Onorati as Manhattan legal partners specializing in domestic law.

In season-to-date standings (through Dec. 16), the program has averaged a disappointing 9.1 rating/16 share and finished last in eight out of 10 airings.

The prognosis appears worse for “Extremes,” a series that entered the season with high expectations because it came from the same producing team behind CBS’ “Northern Exposure” and NBC’s struggling but critically acclaimed “I’ll Fly Away.”

“Extremes” never achieved the critical status of the other two shows.

Through last Tuesday, “Extremes” had averaged a 9.9/17 in the season-to-date ratings.

It hit its lowest share last week with a flimsy 6.5/11, a 10-point drop from its “Jackie Thomas” lead-in–the worst ABC has done in the 10-11 p.m. hour since the Republican convention in August.

The program has finished last in its timeslot for the past six consecutive airings.

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