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ABC Yanks Ugly Betty

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Three weeks after escaping its Friday night death slot, Ugly Betty’s luck has run out.

ABC will close the book on the one-hour dramedy in April, giving series executive producer Silvio Horta an opportunity to bring wrap up the various storylines. The network relayed the news to the cast and crew on Wednesday.

“We’ve mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty’s final season, and are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion,” said Horta and ABC Entertainment Group chairman Steve McPherson, in a joint statement. “We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series, and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell.”

Ratings have declined markedly since October 2009, when ABC premiered the fourth season of Ugly Betty in the Friday 9 p.m. slot. After maintaining a three-season average draw of 9.57 million viewers in its original Thursday 8 p.m. slot, Betty’s deliveries plummeted to around 5.3 million viewers this season.

On Jan. 6, ABC moved Betty to its final resting place (Wednesdays at 10 p.m.).

Adapted from the Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty, la Fea, the ABC reboot won the Golden Globe for best comedy series in 2006-07. Betty stars America Ferrera, Vanessa Williams and Eric Mabius.