Skein averaged 2.8 despite 'Bachelor' lead-in
Not even an “Extreme Makeover” could save ABC’s ailing drama “MDs.”The Alphabet web finally pulled the Wednesday night drama off life support following another weak performance from the frosh skein. Touchstone Television shut down production on the show Thursday. Despite the drama’s low ratings, ABC exhibited a great deal of patience with the show, even as it failed to take advantage of a boffo “Bachelor” lead-in for most of its run. After eight episodes, “MDs” averaged a 2.8 rating and 8 share among adults 18-49, as well as 6.5 million viewers overall. In its final airing on Wednesday, it sunk to new lows (2.0/5 in adults 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), retaining less than 40% of its “Extreme Makeover” lead-in. Instead, a repeat of the strong “Makeover” special will air next Wednesday in the “MDs” time period. ABC will stunt in the slot until Jan. 8, when “Celebrity Mole” is set to debut at 10 p.m. following the premiere of “The Bachelorette” (Daily Variety, Dec. 12). “MDs” starred John Hannah and William Fichtner as unconventional surgeons at an aging San Francisco hospital. Marc Platt and Gary Tieche (who created the series) served as executive producers on “MDs”; Rene Echevarria also originally served as exec producer-showrunner but departed the show in October over creative differences.