Big chill sinks returning 'Six Degrees'And death appears nigh for the ABC drama
By Diego Vasquez MediaLifeMagazine.com
staff writer Mar 26, 2007
Six Degrees bombed earlier this season on Thursdays, and Friday night it returned with a clunk after a four-month hiatus to air its remaining episodes. Though networks are often reluctant to label a show canceled, there's no doubt this once-promising show will not be back for a second year.
Degrees averaged a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights. By comparison, a rerun of Wife Swap in the same Friday 9 p.m. timeslot last week averaged a 2.1, 31 percent better than Degrees performed.
It placed sixth in its timeslot, behind the CW and even Univision.
ABC once had high hopes for Degrees. The drama about New Yorkers with intersecting lives premiered in the highly coveted post-Grey's Anatomy Thursday 10 p.m. slot last fall, but it quickly became apparent that the shows weren't compatible.
By late October, Degrees was still dropping more than half of Grey's lead-in. It had a 4.0 season average when it was yanked during November sweeps.
ABC had not declared the show dead, even though production on it ended months ago, and had promised to air the remaining episodes on low-risk Fridays, where it mostly airs reruns. The fact that a new Degrees couldn't even build on a Grey's rerun at 8 p.m., which averaged a 1.8, seems to confirm that the show is all but officially dead.
There are still several weeks' worth of unaired episodes yet to air.http://www.medialifemagazine.com/art...icle_11032.asp