Strike 3 for ‘Significant Others’

Fox pulls series after three airings

Fox Broadcasting Co. on Friday pulled the series “Significant Others” after just three airings.

The drama from the creators of “Party of Five,” which also had been airing in “Party’s” 9 p.m. Wednesday timeslot, had been bleeding viewers each week. Its three episodes averaged a 4.4/7 in homes, down 46% from “Party’s” season average, and a 3.3 in adults 18-49, a 49% “Party” drop.

Fox felt that to leave the show on the schedule longer could jeopardize the return of “Party of Five” next month. Three more episodes of Columbia TriStar TV’s “Significant Others” had been scheduled to air and may run over the summer.

“Audiences sometimes teach difficult lessons, and the loyalty Chris Keyser and Amy lippman generate so well among ‘Party of Five’ fans every weeks appears to have kept them from easily embracing the interim ‘Significant Others,'” Fox Entertainment Group president Peter Roth said in a statement. “We believe relaunching ‘Significant Others’ as early as this summer best serves the interests of all Fox fans.”

Fox will air repeats of “Ally McBeal” in the timeslot April 1 and Apeil 15. The film “Rookie of the Year” will air April 8, preempting “Beverly Hills 90210.”

“Significant Others” was created and executive produced by Keyser and Lippman, who just signed a multimillion-dollar development deal with Columbia.

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