The first domino has fallen: after plumbing horrifying MSNBC levels of ratings disaster, Manhattan Love Story is no more. ABC has canceled the Tuesday night comedy series, four weeks after its debut.
The show’s episode for this week had a rating of 0.7 among adults 18-49 (live+same day), meaning seven-tenths of 1 percent of the nation’s 18-49-year-old TV watchers were tuning in.
That .7 rating seems to be the cutoff line for network TV series at present, a far cry from the networks’ glory days.
The lead-in to Manhattan Love Story, Selfie, is still about 50 percent above that disaster level, at 1.1 this week, so ABC will show two Selfie episodes per night until the network can find another show for the slot.
Evidently Selfie‘s social-media conceit and Doctor Who connection—Selfie lead actress Karen Gillan starred in the English sci-fi show as the Doctor’s companion for two and a half years—have been enough to lure a few viewers. It’s not a bad show, as it happens.