ABC Cancels Two More Shows

Posted by at 5:01 pm on November 16, 2012

Two ambitious ABC dramas that have come up short in the ratings this fall: Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue will soon end their runs. ABC will finish airing the original 13-episode orders for both shows, but neither will receive a full-season pickup. However, ABC is retaining its option to revive either show for next season.

For 666, the writing has been on the wall for weeks. The Sunday-night supernatural drama starring Terry O’Quinn has been shedding its Revenge lead-in and been on a downward spiral since its debut. For Last Resort, the news is somewhat surprising.

Though its ratings matched the performance of 666, Shawn Ryan’s submarine thriller was one of the best-reviewed new fall shows and, up until the past couple weeks, insiders were betting it would get a “back nine” order. But Last Resort struggled against very steep competition in its 8 p.m. slot and the show’s ratings ticked down a little further last night.

The news comes on the heels of CBS canceling its sitcom Partners (which veers more toward the “online-jeering” category). Two other ABC freshman shows have survived the winter cut: Country drama Nashville and wacky aliens sitcom The Neighbors previously received full-season orders.

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