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ABC pulls remaining episodes of '666 Park Avenue,' replaces with 'Happy Endings' and 'Apt. 23'

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. 


Details
Show:
- 666 Park Avenue
- Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
- Happy Endings
Person:
- Terry O'Quinn
Network:
- ABC

Written by: mcpherson
Dec 21st, 2012, 9:09 am

MACKerMD

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Message Posted On Jan 31st, 2013, 9:12 am

Another Bad Channel ... 

Finish what you start.. it's what you're mom & dad told you when you grew up.

 

I think it's a really bad move. I really enjoyed the show for a change. 

Anamon

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Message Posted On Dec 28th, 2012, 11:21 pm

Didn't ABC announce a while ago that they would give the writers of this show (along with Last Resort) the chance to wrap up the story nicely, now that they're cancelled? If I remember this correctly, then putting off the remaining episodes to heaven knows when really doesn't make much sense. They're already produced, that's the expensive part. I'm sure they would catch more viewers in some unpopular slot now, than they would in the Summer when even those who were regularly watching it have forgotten about it. And judging by the shows who replaced it, it's not like ABC's goal is to squeeze the most possible advertiser money out of its old slot. It's just 4 weeks, that would have worked nicely. Especially since viewership was pointing upwards after news of the cancellation hit.

 

That being said, the cancellation itself was no surprise, the show didn't have what it takes. I actually sticked with it for the 10% or so of it that was original, but I've rarely ever seen anything so derivative. The final episode a case in point. The 10% were the cliffhanger revelation in the end, which was really cool. On the other hand, I think now they have definitely used every film cliché known to man. The Magical Negro—really? Really?

Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 27th, 2012, 11:48 am
ABC SUX
Lifer

Message Posted On Dec 26th, 2012, 12:16 am
ABC's decision makes me very unhappy! I became a bit bored with the series after viewing the first couple episodes BUT from there it picked up and piqued my interest. I used to look forward to watching this show every Sunday evening. And now to find out the critical last 4 eps of the season will not be aired until MAYBE in the Summer leaves me very UNHAPPY with ABC. Come on guys please air these last 4 eps just to tie up the loose ends!
mpflipper

Message Posted On Dec 22nd, 2012, 9:19 am
WTF... the sitcoms are cheaper to make ? The 4 remaining episodes WERE ALREADY MADE !!! So why not show them ??? Now they are throwing money already spent away !!!
MTQueenie
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Message Posted On Dec 22nd, 2012, 2:09 am

This is beyond stupid, for gods sake there are only 4 episodes left so why not just show them in january as already planned so the people that was watching can get an ending to it, instead we now have to wait several months to see that ....thats if we ever get to see them that is

NOT happy about this ABC :(

 

Jane007

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Message Posted On Dec 21st, 2012, 3:34 pm

Maybe Canada will air it sooner....not happy!

TheCthulhu

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Message Posted On Dec 21st, 2012, 3:12 pm

Keep an eye out - perhaps it will air normally in other countries and we can daownload it..........that is what usually happens with these things..........

Let me also say this STINKS.  I had very low expectations for this show, but was pleasantly surprised.  Very unique an interesting.  Haven't really seen anything like it since the old "Friday the 13th - The Series" aired in the 80's.  Too bad.........instead we will get more fame-whoring imbeciles on reality TV...........lovely.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 21st, 2012, 2:21 pm
They could have at least played the remaining four epidodes over two nights (two episodes per night) to finish it off quickly and keep us fans of the show happy rather that annoy us all by making us wait so long to see the ending.. stupidity on ABC's part..
msd85
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Message Posted On Dec 21st, 2012, 9:16 am

Forgive me for being blunt, but this is B.S. First they cancel it, now we don't even get to see how it ends until some nebulous time in the summer? I'm not pleased.

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