In a bid to make room for its robust slate of midseason newcomers, ABC on Tuesday effectively drew the curtain on one freshman drama and put a second series on hiatus.
ABC this afternoon confirmed that its underperforming adultery drama Betrayal will wrap up its 13-episode run on Jan. 19. While no official decision has been made on the Sunday soap (ABC said Betrayal’s fate won’t be revealed until the May 2014 upfront presentation), the numbers don’t exactly work in the show’s favor. Through its first eight episodes, the sexed-up serial has averaged just 3.6 million viewers and a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, tying ABC’s now-canceled Lucky 7 as the lowest-rated new drama of the season.
(While Betrayal is an ABC Studio production, the home-field advantage has its limits. Despite its own affiliation with the in-house production arm, Lucky 7 was shelved after just two episodes.)
Faced with a two-month vacancy in its Sunday 10 p.m. time slot, ABC will plug the hole with specials and movies. On March 9, the veteran nighttime soap Revenge will move up an hour, clearing the way for the new supernatural drama Resurrection to take over the 9 p.m. hour.
While the clock winds down on Betrayal, the network’s fantasy spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland has been put on ice for an indefinite period. On Dec. 12, the latest inhabitant of the troubled Thursday 8 p.m. slot will go on a winter hiatus, making way for the cooking show The Taste.
No return date has been given for Wonderland although ABC said original episodes will air at some undetermined date and time in the spring. Originally conceived as a limited series, Wonderland is averaging 4.4 million viewers and a 1.2 in the dollar demo.
Beginning Thursday, Jan. 2, an expanded two-hour Taste will lead into the new eight-part espionage drama The Assets.
Also joining the ABC lineup after the New Year are the crime dramas Killer Women and Mind Games and the comedy Mixology. ABC’s revamped schedule is as follows:
THURSDAY, JANUARY 2
8-10 p.m. The Taste
10-11 p.m. The Assets (New Series)
MONDAY, JANUARY 6
8-10 p.m. The Bachelor
TUESDAY, JANUARY 7
10-11 p.m. Killer Women (New Series)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15
8:30-9 p.m. Suburgatory
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
9:30-10 p.m. Mixology (New Series)
SUNDAY, MARCH 9
9-10 p.m. Resurrection (New Series)
10-11 p.m. Revenge (New Time)
TUESDAY, MARCH 11
10-11 p.m. Mind Games (New Series)