The devil and the fugitives are heading into the abyss...
ABC has canceled freshman dramas 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort. Both series had been given additional script orders recently, but as we know all too well, it doesn't necessarily mean the network will pick up the back nine.
Right out of the gate, 666 Park Avenue failed to lure in viewers, despite its pedigreed cast that includes Terry O'Quinn, Vanessa Williams and Dave Annable. Following its low-rated series premiere, viewership averaged around the 5 million mark -- ratings that dipped lower than last season's flop GCB.
Last Resort didn't start out as a complete failure, but the ratings didn't exactly have the network jumping for joy. The show has averaged about 7 million viewers, but the last episode only brought in 5.8 million. Considering the expense of this production vs. the return, I can understand why ABC decided to cut the show loose (not that it makes it any easier to accept the cancellation). Perhaps one day ABC will find success in this tough timeslot.
ABC is planning to air the remaining episodes, but if the ratings get much worse, don't be surprised if either series suddenly disappears from the schedule. Maybe with any luck some of the mysteries from 666 Park Avenue will be revealed and/or the crew of the U.S.S. Colorado will finally be reunited with their loved ones.
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