ABC cancels 'Ugly Betty'

Current fourth season will be the dramedy's last

The current fourth season of "Ugly Betty" will be its last.

ABC will pull the plug on the dramedy after its finale and is announcing the decision early to give producers time to craft a suitable ending -- and fans ample warning that the show's days are numbered.

"We've mutually come to the difficult decision to make this 'Ugly Betty's' final season and are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion," the network and producers said. "We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell."

The decision was anticipated given the show's meager ratings. In the fall, ABC shifted "Betty" from Thursdays, where it struggled to provide an adequate lead-in for "Grey's Anatomy," to Fridays, where it performed poorly, then recently tried moving the show to Wednesdays after the network's comedy block.

"Betty" helped repopularize the hourlong broadcast dramedy, a format that continues to find viewers this season with Fox's "Glee."
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