11:36am PT by Michael O'Connell
ABC Shelves Remaining Sunday Broadcasts of 'Happy Endings,' 'Apt. 23'
ABC has cut short its attempt to double up on originals of Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 before the Tuesday sitcoms make an early exit from the schedule in March.
The network said Tuesday that Sunday's planned episodes of Happy Endings and Apt. 23, intended to air at 10 and 10:30 p.m., respectively, will be replaced by an encore of Shark Tank.
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Both shows have had modest showings in their regular Tuesday time slots. On Sundays, both slipped to series low and this past week didn't even reach a 1.0 rating among adults 18-to-49. Both will continue to air on Tuesdays at 9 and 9:30 p.m. until the Dancing With the Stars results show moves into the hour later this season.
“We love those two shows,” ABC Network Groups president Paul Lee told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour just last week. "They're incredibly distinctive, and they’re water-cooler shows."
Although Lee would not comment on the future prospects of either series, he did note that the Sunday specials were intended to give audiences more of a chance to see the series.