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The network emphasizes that this is a one-time-only pre-emption (so, let me get this straight, you’re not going to air “Great Pumpkin” every week?).
Yet some are abuzz: Is this a bad sign for “Hank”?
Those 6.2 million “Hank” fans can relax, it’s actually not. The slot is perfectly logical because it’s ABC’s only half-hour 8 p.m. position all week (there’s also a version of “Pumpkin” airing the night before, paired with the rather lesser-known special “You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown” to fill out the hour).
Also, the “Great Pumpkin” special always draws big ratings, so the scheduling is a wise move to help bring some new viewers to the rest of the comedy block.
So the Charlie Brown pre-emption isn’t a bad sign … the fact “Hank” keeps ranking as Wednesday’s lowest-rated program on a major broadcast network and has failed to improve — that’s the bad sign.
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