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'Manhattan Love Story' Canceled: Rom-Com Is Fall TV's First Casualty

By    |   Monday, 27 October 2014 09:56 AM

"Manhattan Love Story" has been canceled, making it ABC's first casualty of the fall television season.

The show, a sitcom that told the story of a young, new couple whose inner thoughts played out to the audience as monologues, entered the fall season as a romantic comedy in an era where romantic comedies rarely survive, The New York Times' Bill Carter noted.

"The network made the move late Friday, when bad news is typically issued," Carter wrote. "The comedy scored poor ratings for its premiere, and those figures dropped lower in the four subsequent episodes. The most recent episode attracted fewer than 3 million viewers."

Entertainment Weekly reported that "Manhattan Love Story" got the boot later usual because networks seem to be holding on to new shows longer to see if they can find audiences through DVR.

"Networks are taking longer to evaluate given the steep amount of time-shifted viewing going on," wrote EW's James Hibberd. "Full DVR numbers take a few weeks to come in. The premiere-week episode of 'Red Band Society' grew a whopping 82 percent via DVR."

"But insiders suggest any DVR hesitation is partly cosmetic and PR driven too — executives realize they can't keep saying publicly that everybody needs to take into consideration DVR playback rather than judging their shows off initial numbers, then axe a show before full data on a couple episodes have come in," Hibberd continued.

ABC will runs a second episode of its other new effort, "Selfie," in "Manhattan Love Story's" time slot until further notice, according to People magazine, which noted that, even though ABC had the first new show cancellation of the season, it is not a reflection of how its other newcomers are doing.

"ABC's new fall lineup hasn't fared too badly," People reported. "The network still boasts this season's No. 1 new drama in 'How to Get Away with Murder,' starring Viola Davis, and the No. 1 new comedy in 'Black-ish,' with Anthony Anderson."

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