Over a month after initially canceling the supernatural series, ABC has officially pulled drama series 666 Park Avenue from its schedule.
The series, which starred Terry O'Quinn as the devil-like owner of a residential hotel, was plenty creative, but never drew much viewership. Its series premiere clocked in at a relatively low 6.9 million viewers, and kept on dropping from there. By the time it was announced that the show was cancelled on November 17, the series was bringing in just 3.9 million viewers -- certainly nowhere near the numbers justifiable to keep its slot in Sunday primetime.
But ABC had announced plans to let the series remaining episodes play out, which it did for the two weeks before going on break for midseason (with episodes 8 and 9 showing tiny gains in viewership). The remaining four episodes were anticipated to air in January, but now it's looking like they'll be burned off over the summer.
666 Park Avenue's slot will be taken over by ABC's two successful sitcoms: 'Happy Endings' and 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.' Interestingly, both shows have slightly lower viewership than 666 Park Avenue did, but are likely cheaper to produce. ABC might also be experimenting to see if the shows can gain a larger audience in the prime Sunday night spot. Here's the kicker, though -- the episodes that air on Sundays won't be repeats -- nor will the ones that air Tuesday. So that's a weekly double-dose of both shows for the middle three weeks of January.
It's an interesting plan, though whether it works to gain either sitcom viewership remains to be seen. We'll keep you posted.