ABC has cancelled struggling freshman drama series 666 Park Avenue & Last Resort, TVWise has confirmed. A representative of ABC said “the network has no further commitment to either series beyond the initial [13 episode] order.” According to the network, both shows will be allowed to air all 13 episodes in their current time-slots. At present it is unclear which shows will replace them, as ABC has yet to announce its mid-season schedule.
The writing had been on the wall for both series. Last Resort, which was given the difficult Thursday night 8pm time-slot, opened to an ok audience of 9.3 million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demo. However, subsequent episodes slipped in the ratings, with last night’s outing pulling in a mere 5.7 million viewers and a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. The show, which focuses on the crew of a nuclear submarine who disobey direct orders from the White House and declare themselves the world’s smallest nuclear nation, was an odd choice for a series pick up back in May. Despite some heady auspices, Last Resort is a decidedly male skewing series which is in stark contrast to ABC’s brand. 666 Park Avenue had similar ratings problems. The series, described as a soap, opened to an ok 6.9 million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demo, before suffering a gradual slide in the ratings, with the show’s most recent episode drawing an audience of 4 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo in live+same day.
Elsewhere at ABC, fellow freshman series The Neighbors and Nashville have received full season orders. The network also has a number of freshman shows on tap for mid-season including Family Tools, How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life), Red Widow and Zero Hour. The cancellations of Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue also follows on from CBS’ decision to cancel comedy series Partners earlier today.
TVWise’s Broadcast TV Scorecard has been updated with this new information.