UPDATE, 8:11PM: Turns out ABC wasn’t quite done with their comedy cancellations. The network just pulled the plug on Warner Bros produced comedies Suburgatory and Super Fun Night. The writing has been on the wall for Super Fun Night for quite some time, but Suburgatory was being eyed for a fourth season pick up as recently as three weeks ago. It is a big international seller for Warner Bros, but with the dip in ratings this year ABC decided to go with the new over the familiar.
PREVIOUS, 4:08PM: After renewing ten series and picking up a slew of new comedies and dramas, ABC has cancelled comedies Mixology, The Neighbors and Trophy Wife.
Mixology, set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar and chronicles the exploits of singles in search of love — all over the course of one night, emerged as a unique series at last years upfront and even had international buyers comparing the uniqueness of the comedy to 24‘s revolutionary real-time format. Unfortunately, the series never found an audience and after debuting to an ok 5 million viewers and a 1.7 A18-49 rating, Mixology quickly lost viewers with the most recent episode managing 3.8 million viewers and a 1.3 A18-49 rating. Between that and a minimal DVR bump, not even the fact that the comedy was produced by ABC’s sister studio could save Mixology.
The Neighbors, meanwhile, has been on ABC for two seasons and while it did ok in its first season, the network’s decision to move it behind Last Man Standing on Friday nights saw its ratings drop considerably. It had been considered a long-shot for a third season pick up for months. That said series creator Dan Fogleman wont be hurting, as ABC last night picked up his musical themed comedy pilot Galavant to series. For those that will ask, fellow Friday night series Last Man Standing has yet to be picked up for next season but is widely expected to swing a renewal.
Finally, Trophy Wife, which counted former West Wing star Bradley Whitford amongst its cast, was another favourite of ABC execs but like Mixology was unable to maintain a strong enough audience to warrant a renewal. Despite universal critical praise, the comedy has been hovering around three million viewers/1.0 A18-49 rating, considerably down on its Tuesday night lead-in The Goldbergs which has been renewed. The real problem with the series has been on the marketing front with the title not syncing up too well with the actually set of the series proper.