‘LOIS & CLARK’ EXITS ABC MAY SWEEPS

ABC has yanked veteran drama “Lois & Clark,” from its Saturday schedule for the rest of the May sweeps.

The move to pull “Lois & Clark” comes one day after the web removed midseason drama “Leaving L.A.” from its Saturday schedule. Both shows are produced by Warner Bros. Television.

While “Lois & Clark” was once a big hit for the Alphabet web, its ratings have tumbled this season and it is now averaging a 4.0 rating and 8 share. Earlier this season, ABC moved it from Sunday 8-9 p.m. to Saturday 8-9 p.m. Despite its performance this season, ABC has renewed the show for next year. It has been speculated that the reason ABC renewed the show was so Warner Bros.’ syndication arm would clear its hit talker “The Rosie O’Donnell Show ” on some of its owned stations.

ABC is airing the movie “Andre” this Saturday from 8-10 p.m. and on Saturday, May 10, is airing “My Girl 2” from 8-10 p.m. “Gun” remains in the 10-11 p.m. slot. On Saturday, May 17, ABC will blow out the night for a rebroadcast of “Clear and Present Danger.” ABC has said “Lois & Clark” and “Leaving L.A.” will return later in the summer.

The network also unveiled some new sweeps programming, including a Martin Short-hosted tribute to the Three Stooges. Titled “The Three Stooges Greatest Hits,” it will air on Thursday, May 15, in the 8-9 p.m. slot and includes never-before-seen footage of the comic trio. The special will also include Little Richard performing the “Curly Shuffle.” George Paige is producing the special and Comedy III Prods., which oversees the worldwide rights to the Stooges franchise, will executive produce.

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