October 14, 2011 11:33am PT by Lesley Goldberg, Philiana Ng
ABC Cancels 'Charlie's Angels'
ABC has canceled its Charlie’s Angels reboot.
Despite built-in brand recognition and heavy marketing blitz during the summer, the Miami-set reboot from Smallville duo Alfred Gough and Miles Millar failed to make a dent against heavy Thursday night competition.
Production has already been shut down. The remaining episodes will continue to air until the network makes a decision on what will take its place and when. On Thursday, Oct. 27, ABC will air The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at 8 p.m.
In its Sept. 22 premiere, the Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh starrer attracted 8.7 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic against competition including the second night of Fox’s X Factor premiere. As the season progressed, the hourlong drama failed to match its debut ratings, sinking each week.
After critics and viewers blasted the show following its premiere, the action drama that counts Drew Barrymore as an executive producer dropped 29 percent, collecting 7.2 million viewers and a 1.5 in the demo. For its third episode on Oct. 6, Angels attracted 5.9 million viewers and a 1.2 in the demo, matching the CW's The Vampire Diaries. Last night, Angels saw a slight uptick, improving to a 1.3 rating.
ABC recently picked up Suburgatory and Revenge for full seasons and ordered additional scripts for Happy Endings. The net rolls out Man Up! and ambitious fairytale drama Once Upon a Time next.