ABC has officially announced that this season will indeed be the last for long-running teen sitcom “Boy Meets World.”
The news isn’t a surprise in light of the defection of “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” to the WB next season and word that ABC is re-evaluating the future of its “TGIF” franchise. Most prognosticators had assumed that the show was in its last season (Daily Variety, April 10).
An hourlong “Boy Meets World” finale will air Friday, May 5, at 8 p.m. In the episode, “A Brave New World,” the series’ main couple (played by Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel) contemplate moving to New York.
The Touchstone Television sitcom, which debuted in 1993, is in its seventh season. The show was created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly; Jacobs and Bob Tischler exec produce.
“Boy Meets World” has been a strong teen performer but has suffered in the major Nielsen measurements as “TGIF’s” audience declined. Season to date, “Boy” has averaged a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 and a 5.9 rating/11 share in homes.
An ABC spokesman said the final episode of “Boy Meets World” will be marketed as a series finale, but that “anything is still possible.”