John Billingsley, Tim Daly and Kim Raver of ABC TV program The NineTwo more TV shows representing this season’s trend towared "darker," more depressing TV programs have been placed on "hiatus" by their network.

The Nine and Six Degrees are both suspended until later in the season. ABC said that both programs will return later. Programs placed on hiatus, however, often do not return.

The Nine has been temporarily replaced by a "special" edition of the magazine show 20/20 for the last day of the November "ratings sweeps" in which advertisers’ rates for TV networks are set.

Both programs were part of a trend toward "darker" network TV shows, as reported earlier here and here. As I suggested in my earlier reports, this is not a good idea, and the ratings have confirmed it.