ABC is considering shuffling its Wednesday comedy lineup — and potentially giving a big boost to its second-year show “Suburgatory.”
The network is likely to swap timeslots for “Suburgatory” and its new comedy “The Neighbors,” Deadline reports. The move would send “The Neighbors” to 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesdays and give “Suburgatory” the prime real estate following “Modern Family” at 9:30.
Early reviews from critics on “The Neighbors” — about a family that moves to a suburban development populated entirely by aliens disguised as humans — haven’t been especially kind. But it will still have a solid timeslot between “The Middle” and “Modern Family” and the potential to possibly reach more of a parents-and-kids audience in the earlier spot.
“Suburgatory” averaged 7.25 million viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 in its inaugural season — numbers that could rise some with “Modern Family,” one of the top-rated comedies on TV, as its lead-in. In turn it could provide a more compatible lead-in for ABC’s high-profile new drama “Nashville,” which is set for 10 p.m. Wednesdays in the fall.