ABC's 'Happy Endings,' 'Don't Trust the B--' Sunday episodes both shelved from schedules

By Alex Ewald,
Poor ratings cited for pulls, shows continuing to air Tuesday nights

In the midst of Happy Endings and its timeslot companion Don’t Trust the B-- in Apartment 23 airing new side-splitting episodes on Sundays and Tuesdays, ABC has pulled the half-hour comedies from its Sunday roster.

Repeats of ABC’s reality series Shark Tank will air in the comedies’ places at 10 p.m. next Sunday, The Wrap reports.

ABC started airing new episodes of the ensemble hangout comedy Happy Endings and Krysten Ritter’s Don’t Trust the B-- two weeks ago, along with their regular Tuesday time-slots, to replace the hour-long block of the canceled 666 Park Avenue, according to The Wrap.

However, both received series-low ratings in the Sunday times, neither receiving 1.0 rating from adults 18-49, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Understandably, the series also face competition from a number of strong competitors, not just in time-slot, but also in Sunday-night viewer dedication, including Girls, The Walking Dead (which returns next month), and The Good Wife.

Paul Lee, ABC’s entertainment president, insisted he and his fellow network execs love both comedies last Thursday at the 2013 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

The Sunday showings were meant to give audiences more chances to find what he called the “water-cooler” shows.

“We love those two shows. They are incredibly distinctive, they're incredibly well-written ... [but] we didn't have much place to put them,” Lee told reporters. “We’re behind them on Tuesdays.” He cited Hurricane Sandy and the elections for the disrupted premiere schedules, which apparently didn’t affect any other TV shows on ABC.

Lee would not specifically address season renewals for either show, according to Hollywood Reporter.

Don't Trust the B-- in Apartment 23 on ABC.

Fans see this happen too often with shows too funny for their own good on major networks. Fan and critical darling Arrested Development got three shortened seasons on FOX, and after years of speculation and a possible movie, has only luckily gotten a reprieve from Netflix. There just might be money still in the banana stand, after all.

Similarly, cult series and Judd Apatow-pet project Freaks and Geeks got only one season back in 1999-2000. Charmingly smart forensic fairytale Pushing Daisies had two short seasons on ABC before getting the axe in 2009.

Only NBC’s 30 Rock,which also has received low ratings for its entire seven-season run, has lasted more than three or four seasons before being canceled.

In the meantime, fans can watch or DVR Happy Endings at 9/8C and Don’t Trust the B at 9:30/8:30C Tuesday nights, especially so, of all things, these hysterical shows don’t get canceled before their time (looking at you, The Office and Scrubs).

Fans can also can watch aired episodes on Hulu (Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B).

Photos courtesy of ABC MediaNet.



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