ABC dramas likely won't be renewed
ABC sophomore dramas “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Eli Stone” are expected to sign off for good soon.
Meanwhile, Alphabet’s frosh drama “Life on Mars” has earned an order for four more episodes and will land a new timeslot in January behind “Lost.” Also as part of ABC’s January makeover, “Private Practice” will shift into the post-“Grey’s Anatomy” slot on Thursday vacated by “Mars.”
ABC and ABC Studios declined comment Thursday about the fate of “Dirty Sexy” and “Eli,” but word is they will not be renewed after finishing their 13-seg orders for this season. That’s the same fate that awaits another struggling ABC sophomore, “Pushing Daisies” (Daily Variety, Nov. 14). In their most recent airings, “Dirty Sexy” and “Eli” both garnered less than a 2.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demo.
The reality-bending “Mars” is set to move to the Wednesday 10 p.m. berth Jan. 28 following the return of “Lost” (which opens Jan. 21 with back-to-back segs).
“Mars” has had a hard time drawing an aud despite its cushy Thursday 10 p.m. slot following “Anatomy.” The show averaged 7.9 million viewers and 2.6 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 in its most recent airing, coming out of 14.9 million viewers and 5.7/13 for “Anatomy.”
“Private Practice,” on the other hand, is a spinoff of “Anatomy.” It will air in reruns in its new timeslot starting next month, with original segs bowing Jan. 8. “Practice” has been airing in the Wednesday 9 p.m. slot that “Lost” will take over in January.
On Tuesday, ABC is making way for the return of “Scrubs.” The veteran laffer, which was picked up by ABC after NBC passed on an eighth-season renewal, will air back-to-back segs from 9-10 p.m. on Jan. 6 and 13.
“Scrubs” will settle into a single airing on Jan. 20 in the 9 p.m. berth against “American Idol,” the same spot it held on the Peacock in recent seasons. It’s expected that “According to Jim” will move into the 9:30 p.m. slot on that night.