ABC Cancels 'Brothers and Sisters,' 'V,' Five Freshman Series

“Off the Map” (ABC)
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Shonda Rhimes’ latest medical drama, from protoge Jenna Bans, which bows at 10 p.m. Jan. 12, could be the next “Grey’s.” “You hope for ABC’s sake it’s not another ‘Private Practice,’” says Brad Adgate, senior vp research at Horizon Media.

"Mr. Sunshine," "Off the Map" among the rookie series that won't be returning.

As ABC loads up on new series such as Charlie's Angels and Pan Am for next season, the network has cleared out room on its schedule by canceling the following:

Brothers and Sisters

?Though the ensemble drama still had loyal viewers in its recently wrapped fifth season, it no longer was the buzz or ratings draw it used to be. Multiple insiders had suggested this coming season would be the aging -- and increasingly pricey -- drama’s last, with whispers of a truncated season to tie up story lines.


The second season of the alien-invasion remake starring Elizabeth Mitchell dipped to 6.9 million viewers per week, on average, reports Nielsen, though fans blame ABC’s scheduling.

Detroit 1-8-7

The rookie crime drama starring Michael Imperioli had been preempted several times during its 18-episode run. From ABC Studios, it averaged 7.6 million viewers in its Tuesdays timeslot.

Mr. Sunshine

Since its February premiere, Sony’s Matthew Perry comedy has averaged 7.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen. It has neither Friends critical status nor viewership, though few expected it to. For his part, Perry announced earlier this week that he’d be entering rehab.

No Ordinary Family

The network cut the order for the Greg Berlanti freshman drama from 22 to 20 episodes in February after the ABC Studios Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz starrer stumbled late in the season after losing half its premiere episode viewership. It averaged 6.6 million viewers for the season, according to Nielsen.

Off the Map

From Shonda Rhimes protoge Jenna Bans, the jungle-set medical drama starring Martin Henderson and Zach Gilford struggled to find its footing on Wednesday nights after premiering in January. The freshman drama, from ABC Studios, averaged 6.4 million viewers during its 13-episode season. 

Better With You

The freshman multicamera series from Warner Bros. TV starred Joanna Garcia and Jennifer Finnigan and wrapped its 22-episode order this week and averaged 6.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen.