ABC gives ‘Nine’ a rest

Fox has reduced its 'Loop' order

Viewers will have to wait a little longer to find out what happened in there: ABC has benched “The Nine” for now.

Meanwhile, Fox — which boasts a hefty midseason bench — has reduced its order on “The Loop,” which is still slated to return later in the year.

ABC kept the critically acclaimed relationship drama/mystery “The Nine” on the air for seven segs, but finally pulled it after last Wednesday’s episode pulled the show’s lowest ratings yet (1.5 rating/4 share among adults 18-49).

Insiders said ABC Entertainment prexy Steve McPherson remains a champion of the show, and net execs hope to find “The Nine” another home later in the season. Seven episodes of “The Nine” have aired to date, which means six segs remain in the can.

In the meantime, ABC has slated an edition of “20/20” in “The Nine’s” Wednesday 9 p.m. slot this week.

“The Nine” received one of the bigger promo pushes from ABC heading into fall, focusing on the mystery behind a 53-hour bank heist gone awry that created a bond among nine hostages. The show debuted to a decent 4.6/12 in the demo, with 11.9 million viewers; but overall has averaged just a 2.9/8 with adults 18-49.

Warner Bros. TV is behind the show, which was created by Hank Steinberg and K.J. Steinberg. Hank Steinberg and Alex Graves exec produce.

Fox has cut its midseason order for “The Loop” from 13 to 10. Insiders said the net decided it didn’t need all 13 segs, given its hefty plate of new and returning skeins come the second half of the year.

The Chicago-set laffer, about a fresh-out-of-college airline exec who becomes the first “real adult” among his pals, is produced by 20th Century Fox TV. Will Gluck and Pam Brady exec produce.

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