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ABC Cancels Ugly Betty



Today’s drama at Mode Magazine didn’t have anything to do with love triangles or office high jinks, it was much, much worse. Today, ABC confirmed that “Ugly Betty” is indeed canceled.

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

They also trimmed the show’s episode order from 22 to 20, putting the series finale somewhere in mid-April.

The show, which ABC once touted as one of their best, averaged 11 million viewers per week in its first season. Though, it had lost viewers by the middle of season two and was shifted to Friday nights for its fourth season (ak.a. the first nail in the coffin).

ABC gave “Betty” one more chance by moving it to the Wednesday night comedy block at 10 pm but the show has only¬† averaged 5.3 million viewers, which isn’t close to what the network was hoping for.

“Ugly Betty” has received multiple Emmy nominations during the past four seasons and garnered an Outstanding Leading Actress win for star America Ferrera in 2007. It also had an impressive list of guest stars during its four year run including Lindsay Lohan, Salma Hayek, Isaac Mizrahi, Martha Stewart, Lucy Liu, Victoria Beckham and Naomi Campbell.

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