Skein lost viewers after promising start

CBS has lost its “Bette.”

Eye pulled the plug on the struggling Bette Midler laffer Monday, putting the nail in the coffin of another of this season’s celeb vehicles. Episode skedded to air tomorrow night is expected to be the last original to be broadcast this season.

Columbia TriStar Television had produced 18 of the 22 “Bette” episodes ordered by the net; studio will not complete production on the remaining four segs. Fate of two remaining episodes produced, but unaired, is not yet known.

Despite a solid premiere, “Bette” quickly lost viewers and was averaging roughly 9 million viewers per week at the time of its death. Midler had been publicly complaining in recent weeks of the workload involved in making “Bette,” in which the thesp essentially played herself.

Skein’s likely finale also marks the debut of Robert Hays (“Airplane!”) as Midler’s new husband. Thesp replaced Kevin Dunn, who ankled the series a few months after its bow last fall.

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