The Alphabet drama reps this week’s second cancelation, following Fox’s “Lone Star.” ABC opted to pull the plug after the show posted a dismal 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo Thursday night. That repped the network’s lowest-ever in-season performance in that slot. Ouch.
Network is still mulling its options for the timeslot. Production has been halted immediately on the show, which shot in Austin. Eight episodes of “My Generation” have been shot; ABC is still mulling what to do with the remaining six segs, such as running them on ABC.com.
Writing was on the wall for “My Generation” when even ABC failed to mention the show in its press release for Thursday night’s ratings. In that same release, Alphabet referred to “Grey’s Anatomy” as a “self-starter” — a reference, of course, to the fact that “Grey’s” had no lead-in support whatsoever.
ABC’s options for the Thursday night 8 p.m. slot include “Grey’s Anatomy” repeats. Network may also want to move “Secret Millionaire,” currently set to launch later this fall on Fridays at 8 p.m., over to “My Generation’s” old slot. Formerly the home of CBS’ “Survivor,” that Thursday 8 p.m. spot currently has no reality series on the air among the broadcasters — an opening ABC may want to fill.
Meanwhile, ABC is giving “The Whole Truth” one more shot this upcoming Wednesday at 10 p.m. — but it’s looking like the network may want to make a change there soon as well. Among the options: “Primetime: What Would You Do?,” which has performed decently for the net; and later on, “Body of Proof,” which has earned decent notices and might be in line to move out of a tough Friday slot.
At the other nets, NBC is sticking with “The Apprentice” on Thursday at 10 p.m. for now, but that’s still subject to change, as many predict the net will move it to Fridays soon. (If that’s the case, place your bets on “Law & Order: Los Angeles” moving to Thursdays at 10, with “Law & Order: SVU” jumping to 10 p.m. on Wednesday.) More immediately, NBC may also want to make a switch after this Friday if “Outlaw” posts another underwhelming number.
As for “My Generation,” ABC has been criticized for the marketing campaign, which many have argued didn’t explain the show and turned some potential viewers off. I gotta admit, I thought this one in particular was a little odd: