ABC giv­ing ‘Ugly Betty’ the boot

Chicago Sun-Times - - Glare Showcase -

Say so long to “Ugly Betty.” ABC is can­cel­ing the show that made Amer­ica Fer­rera a star when it ar­rived in 2006. The se­ries will wrap af­ter the cur­rent fourth sea­son, which will end with a 20th episode due in midApril.

The show started strong on Thurs­days, but has lately posted ane­mic rat­ings and was hurt by a move to Fri­days last fall. For the time be­ing the show will con­tinue to air on Wed­nes­days, where rat­ings haven't im­proved much.

“We’ve mu­tu­ally come to the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to make this ‘Ugly Betty’s’ fi­nal sea­son, and are an­nounc­ing now as we want to al­low the show am­ple time to write a sat­is­fy­ing con­clu­sion,” ABC chief Steve McPher­son said in a state­ment. “We are ex­tremely proud of this ground­break­ing se­ries, and felt it was im­por­tant to give the fans a proper farewell.”

Amer­ica Fer­rera has played “Ugly Betty” since 2006.

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