4:13pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Alec Baldwin Show' Bumped to Saturdays in December on ABC
ABC's patience with The Alec Baldwin Show has ended.
The network has pulled its remaining episodes of the pretaped talk show from its home on Sundays at 10 p.m., effective Nov. 18. Unaired new episodes of the series, hosted by Baldwin, will resume airing on in its new time slot on Saturdays, starting Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. Production on all the remaining episodes has already been completed.
In the interim, ABC will air repeats of Shark Tank in The Alec Baldwin Show's Sunday at 10 p.m. slot starting Nov. 18. On Sunday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m., ABC will air The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special, with The Sound of Music set for 7 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, Dec. 16.
The news follows Baldwin's arrest following a parking lot altercation in New York and dismal viewership for his ABC talker. The series, which aired a backdoor pilot of sorts in March following the Oscars, kicked off its season in October to a lackluster 2 million same-day viewers. Its Nov. 4 broadcast dipped to less than 1.5 million total viewers.
"We're making a good show here," Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent cover story. The actor recognized at the time that the series might not last and hedged: "I mean, who knows if we survive? ABC's not doing very well. We could get out there, show four or five episodes, and be dead."
The Alec Baldwin Show is the first new program of the season to be downgraded from its initial episode order/time slot in what has been a lackluster fall season. No other new series — scripted or unscripted — has been pulled from the schedule or moved time slots.