ABC has cancelled freshman comedy Manhattan Love Story.
The Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman fronted comedy, which had been airing in the 8:3opm time-slot on Tuesday nights, has been pulled from the network’s schedule, effective immediately. It will be replaced by back-to-back episodes of fellow freshman comedy Selfie as of November 4th.
With ABC’s decision to pull the plug, Manhattan Love Story becomes the first casualty of the fall season – though a number of midseason shows such as Hieroglyph and Mission Control have been pre-emptively cancelled. The show has aired 4 episodes of its 13 episode order.
The series, alongside, Selfie was put in the uneviable position of self-starting on Tuesday nights. Manhattan Love Story debuted to 4.7 million viewers and a 1.5 A18-49 demo, with the most recent episode sinking to about half that. Sealing its fate was the fact that Manhattan Love Story was getting a negligible bump in viewership in L7.
Despite the cancellation, ABC has had an unusually strong start to the season. Comedy Black-ish, which recently had its order expanded to 24 episodes, has solved a problem the network has had for years – finding a compatible lead out for Modern Family. While How To Get Away With Murder has becomes a break out hit, frequently matching the ratings for number one drama and lead in Scandal.