ABC Halts Production on ‘Charlie’s Angels’

Network will burn off remaining four episodes

ABC has clipped its Angels’ wings.

A day after committing to full-season orders for Revenge and Suburgatory, ABC has grounded its Charlie’s Angels reboot. A slight improvement in Thursday night’s ratings wasn’t enough to save the flailing series, which has been in peril since its Sept. 29 premiere.

According to Nielsen preliminary live-plus-same-day data, Charlie’s Angels last night notched a 1.3 rating/4 share in the 18-49 demo, up 8 percent from the previous week (1.2/4). Angels finished dead last in its 8 p.m. time slot, trailing even The CW’s Vampire Diaries, which served up a 1.4/4 in the demo.

While the show garnered a lot of attention in the months leading up to its premiere, Charlie’s Angels never really caught on with viewers. After bowing to 8.76 million total viewers and a 2.1 rating in the demo, CA fell to 7.11 million viewers and a 1.5 rating in its second broadcast.

By the time Angels returned for its third go-round, it had lost nearly half of the demo, plummeting to a 1.2 rating.

ABC shut down production on the Miami-based show, but plans to burn off the four remaining installments in the Thursday 8 p.m. time slot. The series starred Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh, and Rachael Taylor. 

Among the midseason dramas ABC has socked away are the sudsy GBC (formerly Good Christian Bitches), Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal, and the supernatural thriller The River.

With Charlie’s Angels sent to the great beyond, a total of five series have been canceled since the season began on Sept. 19. And the broadcasters aren’t out of the woods yet: NBC's Prime Suspect last night tied Angels with a lowly 1.3 rating, making it a likely candidate for reassignment.

In its fourth airing, Suspect dropped two-tenths of a ratings point and lost another half-million viewers, delivering 4.5 million viewers at 10 p.m.

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