ABC has also ordered up another round of its unscripted series “Shark Tank” to take “Betty’s” place on Friday nights.
“Betty” will make its Wednesday debut at 10 p.m. ET Jan. 6, joining “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town” to make a full night of comedy. That means the final two episodes of “Eastwick,” which had been slated for Jan. 6 and 13, will get bumped off the schedule and into TV purgatory. The network doesn’t have any plans at the moment to air the two episodes.
“Eastwick” has been the weakest of ABC’s new series this fall, averaging only about 6.3 million viewers a week and a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49. (Even the already canceled “Hank” drew slightly more viewers, 6.7 million.) “Betty” has also struggled, drawing a little under 5.5 million viewers and a 1.6 in the demo on Fridays. ABC is betting that the new night and a more compatible lead-in will bump the show’s ratings past those of “Eastwick.”
As for “Shark Tank,” it will get a five-episode run at 9 p.m. Fridays starting Jan. 8. ABC had five episodes remaining from the show’s summer and fall run but has not put the show back into production.
ABC’s midseason roster also includes a pair of new dramas, “The Deep End” and “Happy Town,” and the Alyssa Milano comedy “Romantically Challenged,” in addition to returning shows “Lost” and “The Bachelor.”
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