Just days after its disappointing debut, ABC is pulling the plug on its low-rated Monday night laffer lineup — at least for a week.
Newcomer “Emily’s Reasons Why Not” and sophomore sitcom “Jake in Progress” will be preempted Monday in favor of a souped-up repeat of this week’s season premiere of “The Bachelor.” Both laffers are slated to return Jan. 23.
Move is designed in part to protect “Emily’s” and “Jake” from what figures to be particularly brutal competish next week. In addition to CBS’ heavyweight “Two and a Half Men,” Fox has the second part of its two-night, four-hour “24” season premiere and NBC has the Golden Globes.
Of course, ABC knew those shows would be airing Jan. 16. Net no doubt hoped, however, that its new laffers would have gotten off to a stronger start and would have been able to stand the heat.
By slotting an enhanced repeat of the “Bachelor” premiere, ABC hopes to boost the ratings for the second episode of the reality skein, which itself got off to a weak start.
Meanwhile, ABC also is playing with its Friday sked. Net has dumped tonight’s episode of “Hope & Faith” in order to expand the results show of “Dancing With the Stars” to a full hour. Hope is to boost numbers for new 9 p.m. drama “In Justice,” though for now, it’s a one-week experiment.