New schedule for freshman 'Samantha'
In another sign that ABC plans to keep "Samantha" around, the network announced that the freshman comedy, now airing after "Dancing with the Stars" Mondays 9:30 p.m., will slide back to 9 p.m. beginning Nov. 26, the night of the one-hour final performance show of the current "DWTS" cycle. As previously announced, "Samantha" will be paired in the 9 p.m. hour with returning comedy "Notes From the Underbelly." They will be followed by sophomore drama "October Road," which will premiere in its original post-"Grey's Anatomy" Thursday 10 p.m. slot Nov. 22 before moving to Monday Nov. 26.
ABC is making another scheduling move in November, swapping newsmagazine "20/20" and the well-reviewed but low-rated sophomore dramedy "Men In Trees." Beginning Nov. 2, "Men" will air at 8 p.m., while "20/20" will return in its traditional 10 p.m. slot.
Based on an idea by best-selling author Cecelia Ahern, "Samantha," from ABC Studios, has emerged as the highest-rated freshman comedy this season. In its most recent outing Monday, it drew 13.7 million viewers and a 4.5 rating/10 share, holding on to a healthy 82% of its sizable "Dancing With the Stars" demo lead-in.
"Samantha," created by Ahern and Don Todd, stars Applegate as a woman with amnesia. It joins another freshman ABC comedy, male-centered "Carpoolers," which received an order for three additional scripts earlier this week.
ABC has handed out full-season pickups to two new dramas: "Private Practice" and "Pushing Daisies."