ABC has taken the ax to a drama series, bucking a trend in which the broadcast networks have been showing more patience than usual with underperforming shows this season. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network pulled the plug on the time-travel series “Time After Time.”
The series, which was developed by Kevin Williamson and stars Freddie Stroma and Josh Bowman, aired just five episodes, with both last Sunday’s episode and the previous week’s installment delivering fewer than 2 million total same-day viewers.
The show premiered March 5, with back-to-back episodes each delivering 2.54 million viewers, according to Nielsen data. The numbers fell to a low of 1.79 million for the March 19 episode before ticking up slightly to 1.87 million this week.
ABC rushed out a notice of a schedule change today, plugging the Sunday 9 p.m. hour with installments of “Match Game,” at least for the next three weeks.
The ABC announcement incldued the lineup of celebrity panelists and contestants for the April 2 edition of the show, which is hosted by Alec Baldwin:
Celebrity Panelists for April 2 broadcast of “Match Game”:
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Tony Award winner)
Matthew Morrison (“Glee,” “The Good Wife”)
Busy Phillips (“Vice Principals,” “Cougar Town”)
Taye Diggs (“Empire,” “Murder in the First”)
Valerie Bertinelli (“Hot in Cleveland”)
Joining the celebrity panelists are contestants Holly Cleeland (hometown, Burbank, California), Arianna Boykins (hometown, Buffalo, New York), Dan Essig (hometown, Naperville, Illinois) and Meredith Caruso (hometown, Monmouth County, New Jersey).